May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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(FULL)SKIRTING THE ISSUE
Milan: It seems there may be a trend brewing in Milan. Just hours after Prada’s masterful collection hit the runways, Fiona Cibani sent out similar 50s-inspired grey flannel skirt suits and A-line coats for Ports 1961. Though Cibani’s offering later diverged from Prada’s, the initial similarity was remarkable. In addition to the full skirts and killer coats, Cibani sent out boxy woven tops and pencil skirts, often embellished with jewels, as well as a great pair of tailored trousers and multiple takes on the turtleneck sweater. A large-scale black-and-white floral print gave the offering a moody, romantic quality, while astrakhan separates were luxurious and texturally interesting. A touch of edginess was provided by a black leather shirtdress and a matching coat. Approachable and of-the-moment, the collection left viewers with plenty of items to covet. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Full-skirted / Hourglass / A-line / Boxy on top / Oversized
Color: Heather grey / Charcoal / White / Buttercream / Black / Cobalt / Caramel / Bottle green / Pinkish red / Dark brown / Silver
Key Items: Full skirts / Pencil skirts / Boxy woven tops / Turtleneck sweaters / A-line coats
Materials: Grey flannel / Salt-and-pepper tweed / Medium-gauge cashmere yarns / Crisp cotton shirtings / Astrakhan / Heavy organza / Shaved fur / Thick cloqué / Slick leather / Felted wool / Fluid CDC / Satin
Print + Pattern: Large-scaled black-and-white floral / Optic geometrics
Details + Trim: Turtlenecks / Shirt collars / Jewel embellishments / Fur panels / Ruching
Accessories + Footwear: Matte leather elbow-length gloves / Fold-over bags / Ribbed knee socks / Pointy-toe high-heeled loafers
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