Fashion, Fashion WeekNew York Fashion Week AW09: Ports 1961

Editor’s Note: Because there were so many shows this season (and so few of us!), we enlisted Malorie Kaye, a dear friend and fabulous fashion publicist, to cover the Ports 1961 show for us (where she spotted Olivia Palermo!). Here are her thoughts!

In these trying economic times it seems creativity is key, especially in the world of high fashion. Every aspect of the Ports 1961 show was at the top of the creativity curve, resulting in what was one of my favorite overall presentations of the season.

I entered the Promenade at Bryant Park to find a bright pink sky and a runway that wrapped around the outer aisles, leaving a slew of VIP seats lining the center…generously creating extra seating and geniously establishing not two, but four most needed front rows. As the talking subsided from the awe of Cibani’s inventive set-up, a band dressed in caftans and playing music that seemed a cross between Bali and Tribal began to play, setting quite an obvious tone for the show.

At first, my thoughts were drifting in the direction of 1920’s world travelers, with conservative knee-length, sleeved shift dresses, elbow high gloves and stewardess-like hats or wrapped neck scarves. Yet as the looks continued to appear down the runway, it became apparent that Cibani was remaining extremely true to her inspiration of Indian Aristocracy. So true, in fact, that many of the pieces seemed irrelevant without knowledge of the country’s history and dress. Yet, despite what appeared as a slightly incohesive collection, again creativity rang true and the innovative details, including fuchsia heeled shoes and woven brocade bags, tied everything together beautifully.

Much of the collection, however, seemed to go against the season’s obvious trends of strong shoulders and serious structure. Yet despite the soft shoulders, billowy fabrics and lack of tailoring or structure in the final pieces, they somehow became my favorite looks, sexy and bold with regal metallics, bright pinks and oranges so often associated with Indian culture but made much more modern by Tia Cibani, and prints so subtle they blend in to the beauty of the fabrics, adding great depth to the silhouettes. One-shouldered jumpsuits, v-neck tunics and strapless maxi dresses showed just the right amount of skin, sultry yet modest in a sense and absolutely perfect for those moments when you need just the right garment to please and wow guests from all walks of life.

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1 Comment

  1. Grand Mademoiselle  |  21 February 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Thank you, TDO, for this gorgeous account and recap of my favorite design house, PORTS 1961. Such innovation, such real creativity is truly inspirational. Kudos!

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