As founder of Ports 1961, Tia Cibani (who launched the line in 2004) would usually choose some exotic port-of-call to use as inspiration for the coming collection. Scotland one season; India the next. Tia stepped down last year, and now sister Fiona Cibani is at the helm, and she’s got a different sort of destination in mind: the future.
Her time-travelling collection focuses on sharp lines and minimalist construction, in stark white or neutral shades, with pops of traffic-cone orange. Funny how, even 10 years after 2001, folks can’t quite envision a future with florals, gem tones or Carnaby stripes. It’s all “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Fiona Cibani softens things up right from the start with her first look, a short orange dress with draping over one shoulder, followed by a long, spare peach jersey dress with a low sloop neckline in back. Her bright-orange tubing nips in the waist around the outside of a jacket on one side, but slips inside the jacket on the other. (Hey, could happen — there have been weirder trends.)
For dressier nights on Alpha Centauri or the Gold Coast of some Jupiter moon, she has tops, skirts and coats adorned with shards of mirror or other glass, a reflective mosaic that will grab attention when you enter a room, for sure…though we wonder how comfy it will be if you dare to sit down.
Guess in the future, mere sequins or beads are so 20th century.