Ports 1961 Artistic Director Milan Vukmirovic aimed to reinterpret the traditional men’s wardrobe by adding an excess of gentleness & romanticism as well as a healthy dash of military detailing in both pattern & silhouette. Floral embroideries replaced the military emblems & lines of poetry served to further soften the look and “convey deep messages” to the wearer & observer alike.
“Uniforms have always occupied a privileged place in the fashion pantheon,” says Vukmirovic. In his 4th collection for the house, he was careful to point out that he was not restricted by the rigidity & precision of military uniforms, but rather only utilized them as reference points for context & shape. While some of the pieces were emblazoned with braiding, insignia, & military honor stripes, they weren’t just limited to the jackets like their authentic counterparts. Instead, the detailing was used in unexpected places like shirts, shorts, & even sweatshirts.
A capsule collection done in collaboration with iconic boxing brand “Everest” was shown to accolades from the audience. Another piece that brought smiles to the faces of the observers was a whimsical intarsia sweater with “#LOVE” on the front in bold white letters. This was the latest in a string of nods to the hashtag mania that values a follow over a legitimate friendship. Vukmirovic seems to have found his stride now in his 4th season for the house. It’s never easy to take over a collection, let alone one that was so strongly directed by a predecessor, however, in this case he seems to have eased in seemingly fine fashion. #makingitlooksimple
-R. Scott French
Designer Website: www.ports1961.com