Ports 1961 Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear review

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Ports 1961

NEW YORK, September 14, 2011
By Alison Baenen

You never know what you’re going to get at Ports. For Spring, Fiona Cibani went architectural. The silhouette was linear, the embellishments geometric. Neon, color-blocked platforms, corded belts, and bags—an accordion satchel in bright coral and orange was great—provided the heat in a palette that was mostly cool. A gussied-up sweater dress in a dove and peach jacquard knit had a pleated silk column draped down one shoulder that injected some fluidity into all the angularity. Fractured glass fragments provided evening’s embellishments. The closing dress was a sheer silk shift with a strategically placed shiny mosaic. Much was repeated over the course of the show’s 43 looks, and a tighter edit would have made for a stronger message.