Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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ELEGANT ON HER OWN
New York: As the creative director and designer of Ports 1961, Tia Cibani put the label on a sophisticated yet imaginative track, a mood replicated for S/S 13 with the debut of her eponymous collection. Inspired by the elegant aesthetic of French colonial Vietnam depicted in Marguerite Duras’ novel The Lover, Cibani combined menswear basics like wide-leg trousers and collared shirts with languid draping. Sensual flashes of skin arrived via open backs, slit skirts and one-shouldered cocktail dresses, all rendered in a lovely palette of sapphires and buttery lemon punctuated by metallic woven lame. Quiet but powerful, the designer’s latest vision is a clear indicator of her promising independent future.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Lean / Loose / Asymmetric / Draped
Color: Black / White / Navy / Sapphire / Tan / Burgundy / Copper / Cobalt / Silver / Camel / Soft lemon / Peach
Key Items: Cape-blouses / Draped shift dresses / Wide-leg pants / Asymmetric pencil skirts / Collarless silk coats / One-shoulder evening dresses / Woven lamé vests / Cropped-sleeve coats
Materials: Cotton / Lamé / Satin / Silk / Linen
Print + Pattern: Stripes / Geometric tile repeats / Abstract watercolors
Details + Trim: Asymmetry / Cutouts / Draping / Gathering / Cropped sleeves
Accessories + Footwear: Mary-jane pumps / Menswear loafers / Small Panama hats / Cutout sandals / Wide leather belts
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