New York Fashion Week Spring ’09. Ports 1961: Natural Woman

September 9, 2008 • New York Fashion Week Spring '09

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Summary: Remember the game, The Oregon Trail? Well, if this game had a stylist, it would be Ports 1961 designer Tia Cibani. "Beloved of the Sky," Ports 1961’s homage to "the tree-lined shores of the Pacific Northwest," was a display of the designer’s most organic and nature-inspired styles to date. The play with proportions was both dramatic and interesting, questioning calling into question our jeans-and-a-t-shirt weekend mainstay. As someone who prides themselves on an obsession with clean and sophisticated tailoring, I must admit I was ready to climb a totem pole after seeing the Roe Trench with Harness Belt and Roe Silk Trousers. And though the Osprey Twine Lace Coat paired with Washed Crepe Wool Tunic and hat by Karen Henriksen was imaginative, I found myself wondering just how cold it gets in Canada in June that we really needed to bring wool into our spring collection…That said, my favorite look was the Kelp Laminated Silk Jacket with Totem Print Dress with Abalone Beading and the Laminated Slilk Belt with Wood Buckle, proving that Cibani will always come out ahead with cunning parings, intricate stitching, and clever accessories.
Color Palette: Mallard, Osprey, Birch, Alder, Sandpiper, Salmon, Caribou, Kelp, Raven and Copper.
Textures & Fabrics: Silk, Vachetta, Cotton, Patent, Totem Print, Waffle, Lace, Linen, Wool, Tortoise, Sequins, Fringe, Yarn, Lame.
Key Looks: Caribou Pleated Shift with Wedge Sandal by Julia Lundsten, Harbor Silk Pleated Tunic with Harbor Silk Trouser and Balloon Twist Necklace, Caribou Cropped Jacket with a Caribou Pencil Skirt with a Hat by Karen Henriksen and Copper Rope Necklace.

– Jaclyn London

Photos: NYMag

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