For a movie in which the stars spend so much time out of clothes, Zabriskie Point
sure has inspired a lot of designers. Fiona Cibani called out the Antonioni film at her Ports 1961
show tonight. The photoprints of a desert sunset that appeared on a knit crewneck, a silk tee, and a deep-V pleated dress looked like a direct link with the movie, but otherwise the connections between the crisp shirting and A-line sundresses of this show and Antonioni's cult classic about America's 1960s counterculture weren't that clear. So be it. Those prints were out of character for Cibani, who usually plays it more minimal; they stood out even without the highbrow cinema reference. But what to make of the rest? There was a smart-looking one-button blazer, an effortless polo-collar dress, and a double-breasted khaki jacket cut with efficiency. Simpler was better; the box pleats and panel embroideries tended to muddle things. All in all, it was hard to pin down much that felt vital about this collection.