What first stands out with Ports 1961’s Resort 2016 collection is structure. Bold, well cut, silhouettes that sit on and around the body – as opposed to hugging it close. The Canadian fashion house, founded in 1961 by Luke Tanabe, has an approach to fashion that seems not unlike the Japanese, where, rather than using only the body as a guide, clothing is formed almost away from it – fabric and shape being the main focus.
As well as fantastic tailoring in this line, there are also wonderful details, knots and ties, flecks of colour and textured ribbons and wool. Against the sheets of plain colour that make up most of the garments, it is these details that our eyes flock to. The collection is also clearly about colour – often just one, which adds to its striking effect. Blues, pinks, stripes sometimes, lots of crisp white and navy.