June 07, 2009 New York
Tia Cibani showed off her Resort collection at the new Ports 1961 Meatpacking boutique, which features a glass-encased open-air "weather room" with a shiny metal floor designed to reflect current climate conditions. The clothes were a similar juxtaposition of natural and technological. Khaki trenchcoats and capes felt like cotton but were completely waterproof, while light-as-air silk chiffon dresses were trimmed with bibs of industrial hook-and-eye hardware and jackets sported oversize parachute pockets. The collection felt less overtly ethnic than past efforts, but world-traveling brand devotees should find much to like.
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