Thursday, October 22, 2009


“FLEURE” Precise & Poetic

West 26th Street NYC

Words Judith Eocchard

Images courtesy of Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz and J. Ecochard

Sand of the sea runs red
Where the sunset reaches and quivers
Sand of the sea runs yellow
Where the moon slants and wavers
-Carl Sandburg-

These evocative words, printed on the “run of show” from Ports 1961 NY Fashion Week show---

Reminds us that Tia Cibani, the creative light guiding this sophisticated women’s label, is an artist at heart…and inspired by the world.

This is one of our favorite collections…

We thought the Japan-esque inspirations…the colors, the sensuous silks, the oragami folds wonderfully translated into deceptively "clean, simple' attire.

And the linear silhouettes---of the 50 ensembles walking the runway, would appeal to any female, anywhere on the globe…with the desire for garments that are feminine and subtly luxe.

Gentle layers of fabrics, often shaped by wide belts (obi-like) and the butterfly-winged or sleeveless sheaths are highlights of this chic collection.

Slim fitting outwear wraps had us thinking silk cocoons.

No surprise, the textiles are stunning. Marble water prints on silk, (a collaboration with artist Ritsuko Hirai)----- and tropical wools, linen, and man made fibers--- in a coral, white, and tones labeled “Dawn, Conch, Oyster”--- are summery perfect.

BONUS POINTS: We went to the showroom for a follow-up, up close visit…and got a chance to feel the sumptuous fabrics…the moiré organza, jacquard lame, smooth velvets, and a neat high gloss aluminum lame.

AND we chatted Tony Alcindor…who clued us in on how well this collection is being received overseas too.

Our top looks in the showroom included a wearable gray sheath.

ACCESSORIES: Wow. The shoes (peep toes, pumps) with sculptural heels are unbelievable (a collaboration with Julia Lundsten/Finsk). Ballet flats are also available…

INFO: including store locater (high end department stores and boutiques worldwide including Harvey Nichols, London--- PORTS 1961