By Alexandra Taylor
“Are you human?” was the question I pondered at the Ports 1961 show Wednesday morning. Unnaturally beautiful models glided down the runway wearing garments from a modern chic Fall 2007 collection, and the accompaniment of lyrics emphasized the eccentric aura of the look. With a backdrop of icy caves, the collection drew from the organic architecture of the Icelandic landscape. There was an integration of modernism in the structured dresses and accents of traditional craftsmanship shown through the accessories. Representatives of Ports 1961 say, “This fusion is to encourage the natural form to evolve into new and unexpected dimensions.”
Makeup masters from Cle de Peau Beaute created fresh organic faces with a touch cutting edge feminism. The use of art deco inspired hues of blacks, metal grays, and metallic silvers for the eyes complemented the sheer/nude pink lips using Cle de Peau Beaute new glass diamond gloss number 103 and eye shadow number 114. Eugene created the ultra feminine hairstyles. The models strutted down the runway with sleek but natural swept back hair. “We wanted to create a slightly masculine but still romantic look to correlate with the strong silhouettes of the collection,” says one stylist. To attain the modern look, the stylist used GHD Miracle Mist, which hydrates the hair giving it naturally healthy shine.
The collection drew colors from nature to define and highlight the form of the garments. Muted tones of winter contrasted beautifully with the fresh modernized faces of the models. The use of polished wooden objects was juxtaposed nicely with the strong feminine structures of the garments and the modern makeup and hair.