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It was another ethnic collection from Ports 1961 designer Tia Cibani who found her inspiration in Asia for Spring 2010. On the heels of a tribal Spring 2009 collection and rather lackluster Fall 2009, these heavy-handed international themes are beginning to wear. Perhaps it’s because I’m not much a fan of the obi-belt, but I’d prefer to see Cibani explore her sophisticated silhouettes, which she crafts beautifully, without conforming to some stereotypical cultural standard. Such a wide-ranging interest in global fashion can seem disingenuous.
But, the fabrics and cuts were indeed beautiful. There were lots of day dresses in a muted palette (in keeping with a major trend this fashion week.) The best of the Asian influence came in the origami-like folding of fabrics which is always a beautiful affect.