From the minute you entered the big tent at Bryant Park, you could tell that Tia Cibani was going to be working out some Asian influences in her Spring 2010 Ports 1961 collection, as evidenced by the giant photo of a Zen rock garden at the back of the runway.
(Nevermind that I got easily distracted when I spotted none other than Kelly Kapowski seated across the room next to Mr. Mickey. Random, yet awesome, sighting. If only Jessie Spano and Lisa Turtle had been around to take it all in, too.)
You could see the inspiration in the form of variations on the obi, you know the big tie at the back of traditional kimonos, shoes that had heels that looked as difficult to walk in as those of a traditional geisha (some stumbling models would likely agree), and traces of bamboo in clutches. For me, the Asian touches worked really well when paired with more modern silhouettes, like some of the lovely suiting. But less so when things got too literal—there were what looked like chopsticks tucked into one of the obi-like knots on a draped dress.
That said, there were lots of pretty separates in a fresh, clean pallette, some cool use of tie dye, and fabrics that I can’t wait to get a closer look at.
Plus, you know, a Saved by the Bell sighting!