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Ports 1961

OPTICAL ABSTRACTION
New York: Ports 1961 designer Fiona Cibani presented an artistic riff on newly popular houndstooth for Pre-Fall, inspired by Hungarian painter Victor Vasarely’s exploration of Op-Art. Graphic repeat patterns rendered in rich cobalt and jade heightened the impact of simple long-sleeve column dresses and sharply tailored wide-leg trousers, while intarsia knit body-con sheaths gained dimension via abstract coloring. Clean, restrained silhouettes dominated the presentation, but a few pieces, such as multi-colored fur scarves, origami fold tops and an oversized cardigan provided plenty of texture. Optical illusion has never looked so elegant.—Nina Stotler

Silhouette: Long and lean / Slim

Color: Cobalt / Emerald / Steel grey / Black / Navy / White / Maple

Key Items: Column dresses / Slim tulip skirts / Sleeveless blouses / Wide leg trousers / Body con knit dresses / Straight skirts / Patterned pantsuits / Graphic button downs

Materials: Silk / Wool / Intarsia knits / Chiffon / Fur

Print + Pattern: Houndstooth / Abstract check / Geometrics

Details + Trim: Self belts / Origami fold embellishments / Ruffles / Gathering

Accessories + Footwear: Fur scarves / Wide band black sandals / Opaque hosiery

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