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Since founder Luke Tanabe launched it in – wait for it – 1961, Canadian fashion house Ports 1961 has had a sparkling career on the big screen with its collections popping up first in The Devil Wears Prada and then Sex and the City. Current creative director Fiona Cibani joined Ports when it was under the reign of Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared2 fame, and now the Vancouver-raised Parsons graduate works with menswear designer Ian Hylton on collections that have the stamp of their multi-cultural cool. And while Ports’ menswear consists of classic tailoring, it’s never shy of a bit of colour, like the spring/summer 13 collection of suits in varying shades of shiny pastels. When it comes to the womenswear it’s totally modern in a different way, using oversized shapes and splashes of colour, like boxy t-shirts and massive metallic clutch bags that look like sweet wrappers, designed for that ‘stylish, working independent woman’ that Ports 1961 epitomises.


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