The Ports 1961 collection was held in the Theater, which was my first experience of a real runway show. I even saw Ms. Jay Alexander from ANTM sitting in the front row! It was all so exciting but it took a super long time to get everyone seated. I was lucky enough to get a seat in the third row, but my camera was misbehaving through out the show so these are not mine.
This collection was named Essadi which was the pseudonym used by Isabelle Eberhardt, an explorer journeying into Northern Africa in the 19th century. The designer, Fiona Cibani drew her inspiration for this collection from the allure of desert landscapes. She was inspired by the stark contrasts of the jagged geometric forms against the curves of sand dunes, which can be shown through the contrast between geometric and structured, and her flowy and draped pieces. The colors she used were rich and greatly reflected twilight (not the vampire series…) desert skies; while the use of metallic and crystals reflected the natural minerals. She covered every color of the desert spectrum from neutrals of ivory and shell to gem tones of emerald and sapphire. I was really excited to see these gem toned pieces strut down the runway because the majority of the shows I attended featured a whole collection of neutral pieces. She also used a range of fabrics through out the entire collection: from silks to cottons to man-made linen—making her collection of separates and gowns very well-rounded.
All photos are from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s Website.