PORTS 1961 FW2014 Menswear colection re-boot the British heritage pay a tribute to Edwardian England, this re-incarnation is characterized by pin-sharp modernism and nonchalant elegance. It’s King Edward VIII meets avant-garde British artist, Anthony McCall, for a ‘smart-urban’ look.
Classic tailored fabrics are engineered in pure, clean and sporty shapes in deep blue, Scots grey, mahogany and black. A sport cape is layered over a double-breasted suit, all in Prince of Wales check.
Archetypical shapes are echoed in an understated luxurious stand alone accessories collection comprised of the compartmentalize travel case, the ‘briefcase back pack’ and the ‘day clutch’, in smooth hard-case leathers and ultra thin astrakhan, with metal accents which are repeated in a modern monk strap lace-up.
This collection is an evolution of the Ports 1961 MAN. A more at-ease feel signifies the sharp, clean and tidiness that Fiona Cibani and Ian Hylton admire.
The womenwear collection is the subversive sensuality and overwhelming sophistication of Charlotte Rampling, in pictures taken by Helmut Newton in the 70’s, is where Fiona Cibani looked to represent her mood for mysterious, sensitive and romantic.
A set of precise signature pieces establish the rigorous tailoring mood with the iconic No.10 blouse re-interpreted. Fiona Cibani honours Ports 1961’s founder Luke Tanabe by reinventing the classic No.10 blouse that built this fashion house in the 60’s and 70’s, and now…50 years later…the launch of the No.10 bag. Tanabe created the No. 10 for a new generation of empowered women entering the workforce in the 60’s with a crisp white shirt, highlighting and celebrating the perfection in every woman.
Military coats, flared trousers and pencil longuettes offer strong yet smooth silhouettes counter-balanced by fluid draped tops and organic pleats in blouses and skirts.
Meanwhile, the playful kilt-skirt, richly-textured and sculptural, steps forward as the season’s lead protagonist. The details also tell a story of bold taste and tailoring with refined cuffs, over-front peplums and exquisitely-worked necklines. Together, these essential items form an iconoclastic sensuality that defines this season collection.
Exclusive fabrics developed with artisanal mills enhance the simplicity of luxury. Japanese felted wools and modern ltalian flannels are alternated with intricate mohair, black and white chevron and an exclusive crocodile macrame. Elsewhere, silk organza or the flutter of plisse chiffon, velvet, duchess and radzmire add romance.