The Ports 1961 Pre-Fall 2011 collection entitled, "l'huer bleue" was inspired by the moment that comes before sunrise, just after dusk. Direct translation from french to english as "the blue hour," the hour that everything seem full of possibility. The designer, Fiona Cibani, took inspiration from blurred twilight and iconic modern painters and infused her autumn line with tender richness. Her key inspiration was the artist Gerhard Richter.
Fiona blended the Ports 1961 signature prints with a sensory distortion that comes from manipulating the focus of light and metallic finishes to create a misty aura. The images were then printed digitally on to silk and diaphanous satin. She choose fabrics that reflect the desire for visual play through the use of unique surface treatments. Fiona experimented with metallic dusted cotton and wool, "water-coated" stretch jersey, highly-reflective silke and optically-lustrous lace to create a supernatural aura.
The color palette includes: Down White, Rosa Pink, Viola Powder and Cavana Blue with bold Hunter Green, Cyan Navy and Umber Brown. Black was specifically left out of the collection to demonstrate a poetic resistance to convention. (Now that's my kind of rebellion!)
Fiona used updated couture techniques and incorporated ostrich feathers to create a sense of delicacy. The collection keeps what Port 1961 is known for, beautiful feminine luxury without being flashy, and elevates it with the infusion of the essence of the twilight hour to create a modern, timeless collection.