an epic voyage with ports 1961 for spring/summer 18

This season Ports 1961 explored practical androgyny and contrast.

by Felix Petty; photos by Mitchell Sams
17 September 2017, 12:41pm

The press release for this season's Ports 1961 collection claimed its inspiration came from travel and voyage. What could've easily been a simple or practical take on a time-honoured idea, turned more towards an exploration of practical androgyny, contrast, and journeying through ideas, rather than physical movement.

So womenswear was built from Italian men's suit fabrics, and the parade of looks referenced the uniformity of menswear and wardrobe staples. But each was undercut and juxtaposed with femininity in their subtle alterations. They came cropped and rolled and made delicate and light. Bib, light and airy check and floral patterns added a further feminine touch.

At the heart of this was the idea of transformation of the individual garment; everything reversible and changeable to reflect the wearer's mood. The standout garment from the collection reflected all this; a reversible coat, resembling a man's dressing gown, in blue or green check. It was stunningly simple, but encapsulated everything Creative Director Nataša Čagalj was aiming for.

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