Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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STRUCTURE + FLUIDITY
Milan: Designer Fiona Cibani chose to show her Ports 1961 collection in Milan rather than New York this season, and it seemed the change of venue was a positive move. The current offering is one of her best yet, since she took the helm from her sister Tia in 2010. With optic white as her foundation tone, Cibani juxtaposed weighty opaque materials with filmy sheers and structure with fluidity. The coats – simple and elegant with contrasting lining – were a highlight. Though the overall effect was minimalist and clean, Cibani couldn’t help herself and added odd embellishments to necklines that resembled the plastic spirals that bind notebooks. Elaborately beaded looks also felt unnecessary. The shapes and mix of materials were interesting enough on their own and didn’t need the added flair. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Crisp + boxy / Fluid / Asymmetrical
Color: Optic white / Black / Bright yellow / Lime / Magenta
Key Items: Minimalist coats / Boxy tops / Fluid dresses / Layered skirts
Materials: Accordion pleated chiffon / Lace / Fluid silks / Crisp cotton / Organza / Silk crepe / Bonded silks
Print + Pattern: Colorful concentric circles
Details + Trim: Layering / Spiral neckline embellishments / Accordion pleats / High-low hemlines / Elastic waistbands / Contrast lining / Beading
Accessories + Footwear: Structured top-handle bags / Ankle strap pointy-toe flats / T-strap flat sandals
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