We haven’t gotten through August yet, but Fashion can’t wait. In just a few weeks, Spring 2010 FASHION WEEK begins in New York City, at the tents in Bryant Park, and all around the town.
One of my favorite designers is Tia Cibani of PORTS 1961 (and she has the most professional, charming and responsive Public Relations Director in the business: Tony Alcindor). *As an aside, Tony “gets” online press better than anyone, and is a leader in helping to provide Internet press with the tools and access they need to report to their readers around the world. For example, a few weeks ago, Tony invited online media to preview the Spring Collection, but I couldn’t be there because I was in Spring Green, Wisconsin, visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, Taliesin. So Tony thoughtfully sent me a disk with a sneak peek of the PORTS 1961 “Tea Room Collection” for Spring 2010.
Perhaps it was fitting that I was viewing the home of Frank Lloyd Wright, because while Tia’s Fall 2009 collection was inspired by the exotic Mughal Courts of India (check out: Backstage at Ports 1961 Fall 2009 Runway Show *Video included and the Ports 1961 Fall 2009 Runway Show ) this Spring 2010 collection is inspired by the artistic collaboration and the deep mutual admiration between architect/designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret MacDonald. Both were contemporaries of Mr. Wright.
Mackintosh wrote “Margaret has genius, I only have talent.” He is famous for his participation in the Art Nouveau movement in Glasgow Scotland, as was his wife. They both excelled in interior design, craftwork, and textiles. Together, they produced work that was elegant and original. As a fashion designer whose own work is so unique and beautiful (and just a bit different), it doesn’t surprise me that Tia Cibani was inspired by this couple’s “offbeat vision, and their fluid use of Art Nouveau relief.”
PORTS 1961’s Tea Room Collection for Spring 2010 favors a clean silhouette of straight lines and bold grid patterns referencing the fragile beauty of the Mackintosh ladder-back chairs. The press literature says it so well, I can’t add much: “Architectural embellishments in onyx and pearl are realized in matte and shiny 3D geometric beading. Silk satin in shades of plum and nude enhances a stark contrast with a feminine spirit. Diamond shapes, swathed drapes, and linear silhouettes are detailed with paddle sleeves and androgynous tailoring. Distinctive textile grid work patterns are clearly referenced in this season’s heritage tweeds, gold metallic tufted jacquards and graphic velvet. Together, Margaret MacDonald and Charles Mackintosh created novel works that appear geometric, distinct and stark while simultaneously giving the impression of organic growth and plant-like vitality. The innovative nature of these themes would become the legacy of Mackintosh design and mark one of the greatest love stories in art history. “
SNEAK PEEK! Below are five of Tia’s favorites from the collection. When Fashion Week starts, I hope to add my own photos and comments to the Advice Sisters Blog and Features. Please subscribe to this blog (options abound on the right hand side of this page) and bookmark the Advice Sisters web site so you don’t msis a thing.
elegant but casual, pants