Creative director Natasa Cagalj had a clear mission in mind when she started working on her first collection for Ports 1961. “I wanted to deliver a complete wardrobe for today’s women who work,” the London-based designer said. To reach her goal, she focused on specific daywear staples, injecting them with an elegant, modern twist.
“We like to give some magic to the garments,” she said showing a crisp white cotton shirt — Ports 1961’s trademark — featuring a panel that can be closed on the front with a button or wrapped around the chest for a sophisticated look.
Sharp cuts and graphic silhouettes defined the overall aesthetic, which given its velvet suits, cropped pants and straight-lined jackets, had a quite masculine feel. This created an interesting contrast with the long and very feminine silk-and-cotton fil coupé bias-cut tops layered atop trousers and with the multicolor French lace minidresses.