February 15, 2010

Runway Report | Ports 1961 FW 2010

Ahhh ... Fashion Week. I love NYC this time of year. The buzz in the air is electrifying and StyleSaveur has definitely caught the fever. So many shows to keep track of in so little time! Unfortunately, we're a very new blog and were not invited to attend shows in the tents this season. However, with more and more designers using the web and adapting to social media, we've been able to immerse ourselves in all the Fall/Winter 2010 collections and report to you what's happening on the runway. We'll also be linking you to The Cut blog from NY Magazine for slideshows of each collection.

The Ports 1961 show was streamed live online via Vogue.com. The show opened with designer Tia Cibani calling for a moment of silence for Alexander McQueen ... a fitting start given the immediacy of the news (his death was reported that morning) and the somber mood of the day. What followed was nothing short of amazing.

Ports 1961's collection opened with lots of heavy fabrics, including leather and suede, and knits in neutral tones of camel and charcoal. Texture was key and different fabrics were layered together tone-on-tone. There were a few cape-style jackets and structured, some with jeweled accents on the shoulder. Pants were slim fit and included some beautiful silk styles paired with more structured pieces. Models were accessorized with aviator-style leather hats and gloves in leather or suede.

The collection then moved into fluid dresses and jumpsuits. Silk draped dresses in pops of autumn color and structured metallic and velvet shifts. The last few looks were classic New York black on black. By far my favorite was the final look - a printed silk gown paired with leather gloves and a to-die-for jacket with an oversize collar. LOVED it!

The collection was elegant and feminine, despite the clear masculine influence. It is definitely one of my favorites coming out of the tents and I can't wait to purchase some of these items in the fall!

Check out a slideshow of the full collection via The Cut.

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