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Ports 1961--inspired by glassblowing

The Ports 1961 Fall 2012 collection is modeled

The Ports 1961 Fall 2012 collection is modeled during Fashion Week. (Feb. 15, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Fiona Cibani’s collection for Ports 1961 sprang from a fascination with the Old World art of glassblowing.

That artisanal tradition started in Northerm Italy but it doesn’t mean Cibani’s churning out striped Gondoliers’ tees. She just uses it as a jumping off point.

Like blown glass, the pieces in her line have long, flowing shapes and, in some cases, sheen. A series of ottoman jackets and a dress are voluminous, as if inflated with air and come color-blocked in glisteny metallics and aventurine, a greenish hue found in quartz.

She chooses sheared mink, decadent yet understated in gray, for several coats, a tunic and column dress. Or there's the knit dress and shirt in two-tone accordion pleats, which look black on one side, brown and white on the other.

Ports has you looking good coming and going.