>The PORTS 1961spring 2010 Collection Showing

12 Sep

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TEXT, VIVIAN G. KELLY
Images, Ed Kavishe, Fashion Wire Press

TIME & PLACE
The big Tent at Bryant Park
Thursday, September 9, 2009, 3:35p.m.

Ports is one of our favorite shows each season because designer Tia Cibanni sticks to her esthetic – a little bit oriental, mostly neutral, and lots of interesting folds, pleats, and tucks. The mood this season was classical, highlighted by the violins This season her girl is pretty in pink, especially when she wears a pink [“cloud and dawn”] blazer with a wide salmon belt and an abstract floral organza skirt. Simplicity beats intricacy for daywear hands down which is whey we loved the pink patent leather sheath with a draped back and a pimento red double layer organza sheath as well as a blush side tied gown accented with a pimento red ribbon. It’s hard to make organza wearable but Tia did just that. The cloud organza dress with satin ribbon could work for dinner or cocktails or at work.
RETRO SPIN
We’ve always loved the sixties hair, the modified bouffant dos made for an interesting contrast with the strong eighties orange shadowed eyes. As every season, there was the interesting piece in this case a sleeveless coat made of rows of coins and paillettes worn over a simple peach short sleeve dress. The looks that won out were the stream lined ones with interesting details like a pent chopstick that supported the back straps of a nubby silk linen dress. There were a lot of wearable clothes here; the café au lait long sleeve jersey dress would look equally well on a size 0 or 14 woman. Seaming along the shoulders, draping at the hem and a honeycomb scarf made it a staple you’d want in your spring wardrobe.
FAVORITE LOOK – the grainy textured sleeveless coat with elbow length sleeves over a white matte jersey dress that we all agreed would make a great wedding suit.
POST SHOW, BACKSTAGE
While waiting to give TIA a post show congratulatory hug, we listened in on an interview she was doing with Reuters.
“The look, Tia explained, is about the marriage of couture and innovation. I wanted to juxtapose the idea between couture and modern materials by using man made materials such as plastic and aluminum.
There’s always an oriental influence that come through in my work. It’s subliminal, I spent 10 years in Hong Kong, I can’t help it. This season I added some Japanese and 1930’s couture influences but really they were just little quirks that added some flavor.”

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