Friday, June 11, 2010

PORTS 1961 RTW PRE SPRING 2011





TIA CIBANI FUSES “ROCKER’S POETRY WITH URBAN EDGE”

WORDS/IMAGES Judith Ecochard/LYRAMAG

We knew we were going to love this collection as soon as the lights dimmed and a sad (for us) B/W film emerged on a suspended screen…with Patti Smith’s distinct voice languidly reciting poetry on the soundtrack… against the flickering downtown NYC skyline of the late 70’s.

Growing up in NYC, Patti Smith (and the album HORSES) was a massive influence on our psyche…

…in fact, we still can’t believe that one of our earliest memories (1971) was when our amazingly progressive parents corralled the entire family, on a school night no less, to see Patti Smith and Sam Shepard read their jointly written Cowboy Mouth at The American Place Theater---an off Broadway venue.

THE SHOW:

Ports 1961 stuck close to home in this outing…we felt it was a very New York collection…certainly urbane in feel with a palette of black, white, grey solids, graffiti prints, and with some brilliant electric blue.






















































Our favorite look was one of the odes to the fragile yet indomitable Patti ==== a black skinny tie loosely slung over a Solo Boyfriend shirt a smart take on the classic masculine look…with a Vinyl Serpentine Bike Trousers. WANT NOW.













































As always, the PORTS 1961's fabrics = innovative (an old school vinyl theme going)…with silhouettes ranging from a geometric sheath, 


Vinyl Geometric Sheath




a luscious long electric blue gown as easy wearable as a beach tunic…to sporty parkas made from sheer organza…








A splendid mix of the heavier fabrics with light as air textiles.

Hardware details…snaps, the hook and eye…




on shorts, 






























dresses, a fluid seamless shoulder grey satin Tee.









































TERRIFIC ACCESSORIES---- oxfords, 

sandals, 







































leather bags blessedly bling free.


WE THINK…this might be the first Ports 1961 collection our very on trend nieces are going to pay serious attention to.













































SURPRISE…after the show, we were heading backstage and caught a lovely moment---Tia Cibani having a sip of the Heartland Brewery beer being served (on tap, no less)…all by herself …THAT lasted a nano second before the well wishers descended.









BONUS POINTS----transforming the showroom space---bravo.










FYI: The run of show cited ‘Because The Night’---as a theme. The song was written by Bruce Springsteen---- with Patti Smith adding her own lyrics--- and released it on the Patty Smith Group’s EASTER album in 1978. It’s been sung by the Boss--- who was recording Darkness On The Edge of Town at the same studio, at the same time as Easter----  using the same producer/engineer Jimmy Iovine. TWO ICONS in Black and White getting it all perfectly.