Ports 1961: Simple elegance laid bare

London Fashion Week Catwalks – A/W 19

After show-hopping – and a team debrief – the WGSN Catwalks editors call out the most exciting and directional emerging trends – and we’re reviewing some of our favourite moments, too. 

WGSN Catwalks Director Lizzy Bowring reflects on the chic and simple elegance of Ports 1961’s autumn/winter 19 collection. 

Ports creative director Natasa Cagalj is a modernist at heart, and her approach to each collection defines her uncluttered aesthetic in both silhouettes and functional design.

Her concept of reconstructed tailoring continues to evolve by decoding many sartorial sensibilities with details contrary to form. Trouser suits took shape with extended collars that cut asymmetrically across the body, or the riff on a trenchcoat, cut fearlessly and exposing unusual sleeve details. Then there’s that white shirt, nonchalantly off -kilter at the shoulder and teamed with a form-defining skirt in which she played print off sartorial checks.

Cagalj continued with comfort and elegance – the simplistic layering seen in her blue cape coat, that wrapped and enveloped in soft cocooning proportions. Her minimalist cuts continued in columnar dresses, subtly created with wraps and folds that played into the season’s long-over-long concept, here, worn over long trousers, providing an effortless look. Her collection looked both elegant and comfortable with a discreet sex appeal which says much about Cagalj’s woman.


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