Ports 1961 A/W 2020 Milan Fashion Week Women’s
Mood board: ‘Familiar clothing archetypes, mixed with statement pieces and a highly personal individuality,’ was how stylist and artistic director Karl Templer described his sophomore collection for the brand. For autumn, this meant a selection of sleek bourgeois silhouettes with a subtle twist: shirt dresses in mismatch polo dots, pussy bow blouses in leather, boucle suiting reimagined in the silhouette of a strapless dress and pleated skirts with chunkier than conservative chain belts.
Best in show: Double layer tuxedo trousers with two waistbelts and chain belt detail were dazzling in their deconstruction, and offer something avant-garde yet elegant for evening dressing. There was an artful air to fluid silk dresses with figurative female prints, and an Aran knit cape with gold buttons was a great take on snuggly outerwear.
Finishing touches: The slouchy boot is one of autumn’s more enduring footwear styles (also seen in Milan at Salvatore Ferragamo and Etro). Ports 1961’s had a gaiter-like sensibility and were embellished with bourgeois lengths of chain across their upper. §