Friday, February 12, 2010

Ports 1961 F/W 2010 Collection

The Ports 1961 F/W 2010 collection debuted today at the Bryant Park Tents. The show opened with a gust of smoke through which the models emerged. From the very first moments, an aviation theme was apparent. Models boasted leather caps very reminiscent of Amelia Earheart's attire. In general, the color palette was neutral - blacks, greys, beiges, and olive greens - though there were a few pops of deep aubergine as well as a soft floral print.

I noticed that a lot of the pieces were draped and loose fitting, creating a sense of fluidity that spilled over from the tops to the dresses and even to the jackets. There was some assymetry, especially in the composition of one of my favorite pieces - a mixed leather and knit aviator jacket. I loved the mix of clothing types as well. There were some classic coats (e.g. the trenches, blazers, vests) and slacks, in addition to more embellished outfits, silk dresses and skirts, as well as ensembles that incorporated heavier knits and leathers. I particularly enjoyed the juxtaposition of the heavy with the more soft, light, and flowy. Heavy knits, leathers (also leather boots) and chunky necklaces made the contrast with the silks and soft florals that much more dramatic.

Hairstyles were mostly big, tousled, and stunningly natural-looking. Messy curls and waves were everywhere, though a few models had their hair slicked back and flat. The makeup was understated, with models sporting a nude lip with a nude-peachy eye and soft cheek, creating an overall look that complemented the color theme of the collection.

Some of my favorite looks:


The deep purple, the embellishment on the shoulders, the soft, drapey nature of the fabric of the dress - LOVE

I absolutely adore the bubble sleeves on this top and the metallic hue is hot!


Like liquid metal!


An interpretation of the bubble-sleeved top, in dress form - I would wear this in a second!


Gorgeous embellishment on the shoulder of this assymetrical grey jacket

Soft floral print


This jacket is just amazing. Period.


Chunky knit dress with leather detailing on the sleeves


A shot of the designers, taking a bow

NB: Celebrity spottings included Joe Zee, fabulous creative director at Elle magazine, Whitney Port, Roxy Olin, and Olivia Palermo of MTV's "The City" fame, and stylist Jorge Ramon.

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