I’m starting to like this pattern: great designer holds the reins of design at a fashion house, starts off with a contemporary minimal approach, establishes the style and aesthetic with several signature pieces already in two seasons, then introduces crazy colors and prints (and cuts) into the equation. To top it all, Ports 1961 is getting ready for a runway show in Milan in February (they were just releasing images of the new collections during London Fashion Week before) so it seems like everything’s going alright for the brand under the creative directorship of Natasa Cagalj. And for us.
Even as I’m inserting photos to this post I realize that this particular Sportmax collection is not offering any new or groundbreaking shapes, colors, forms, designs or styles – it’s not even offering anything significantly different than the last resort collection for that matter – however it doesn’t change the fact it caters so well to the instagram-generation style (a club of which I’m a proud member too) with laid-back stylings to inspire your everyday attire that it had to be shared here.
It’s usually the hardest task of all to build something on an already big and established – legendary even – brand with a tradition of breaking ground. Constantly offering something new and still staying true to the strong style code is a ball buster and Francisco Costa is one of those rare gems in the world that can pull it off, season after season. A barely there animal print on glossy trench coats and dresses was the only detail pulling the collection away from signature minimalism, a direction I would love to see more in the future of Calvin Klein. I know we should give the designers a break and not want so many collections a year but I’m just so glad this one happened.