Think Charlotte Rampling in the ’70s: razor cheekbones beneath full, soft hair, furs and trench coats and stilettos and bare skin, poised across plush hotel furnishings. Helmut Newton’s black and white photos of Rampling looking like just that are what inspired Fiona Cibani’s fall / winter 2014 collection for Ports: and it’s a brilliant thing that they did.
Cibani’s lineup was impeccable. Nice in photos but utterly striking in real life, these are pieces that come down to a sort of sensual simplicity. There’s something sexual about a perfect white shirt and pencil skirt, or a strict military coat worn with grace instead of austerity. Ciabani also added pleated sheer skirts, a film noir black leather trench, and overalls with bibs unbuttoned. Without going all Night Porter and replicating Rampling at her most recognisably iconic, this collection managed to capture an essence; bold, stark, and strong, but never too far from soft.
You can see all of the Ports 1961 autumn (fall) / winter 2014 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree