Runway Report: Ports 1961 SS18

This season’s reinvention of workwear continues, as does the now year-long obsession with block colour. For spring/summer 2018 Ports 1961 presented a line full of masculine silhouettes, juxtaposed with arty prints and unexpected flirty touches.
Primary colours dominated here, with bold tones of yellow and red; a monochromatic palette provided the foundation while autumnal tones of mustard and a deep but dusty blue gave a transitional feel.
Sharp shirts with elongated collars had simple tanks layered over the top, tucked in to loose, pleated hipster skirts or were rolled up at the waist paper bag-style with matching city shorts. Outfits were clean and concise, almost military in places, with dirtied service-like tones lending themselves to a life in uniform.
Later, a feminine foray in to prints ensued, with fringed edging here and there, wide abstract checks in powdery tones and an almost Delft-like floral. Things soon smarted up again though with rigid plaids covering roomy trenches, smock tops and straight knee-length skirts.
The collection concluded in black and off-white party-ready pieces – we loved a cream long-line tuxedo and giant bows placed front and centre on a black cocktail dress.

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