Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Milan: Natasa Cagalj wanted to convey a sense of spontaneity in the Ports Pre-Summer collection: “I wanted to celebrate the haphazard beauty of the design process, embracing its trials and errors – making for unpredictable yet creative results.” So with her attuned eye for artisanal details and a selection of refined silhouettes, her vision came to life: pieces made entirely from colour swatches morphed into thick, blanket-like fabrics, unfinished at the edges creating a colourful fringe which, when juxtaposed against a crisp white shirt felt dynamic and desirable. Sculptural tops, dusters and asymmetric skirts came in raw calico, echoing an “arts school” appeal, a naivety, made even more apparent with child-like scribbles on tops embellished with loose-string embroideries – trial and error at play! An androgynous feel was apparent in many pieces – elegant mohair suits were paired with slouchy pants, some softened at the seams with girly ruffles , some wrapped and constructed around the waist echoing a eastern girl vibe. A creative and explorative collection, filled with “frills!” –Anna Ross
Theme: Artisanal exploration
Key Items: Duster coat, Asymetrical Tulip skirt, Square cut top, Parka shirt, Oversize blazer, Wrap shirt
Colour: Calico cream, Navy blue, Daffodil, Dusty Pink, Lavender blue, Army green
Materials and Trims: Cotton, Calico, Wool, Mohair, Silk
Print and Pattern: Child-like Scribbles
Accessories and Footwear: Hotel slippers, Knot Pumps, Pom-pom pumps
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