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For the Spring 2010 Ports 1961 collection, designer Tia Cibani found inspiration in the beauty of nature and as such, she presented an absolutely breathtaking collection. The color palette was mostly muted and comprised of soft airy shades, with the occasional pop of color thrown in, like the standout cherry organza layered sheath. To keep things on the clean and minimal side, embellishments were kept discreet, instead focusing heavily on construction and silhouette over anything else. Some of the pieces were very voluminous but in a way that was still wearable and not too overwhelming, while others were cinched at the waist for a sexier, more defined silhouette. The draping, tucking, and folding were so incredible, even someone with no knowledge of fashion whatsoever would be awed. Some of my absolute favorites included the talc marble wrap dress, a brushstroke silk satin sheath dress with a draped back (definitely a versatile piece which can be worn with a blazer for day and sexy shoes and lots of accessories for night),, and a muted tank dres that was so simple yet stunning. From the bustier cocktail frocks to the organza blazers to the draped skirts, each and every single piece in this collection was simply phenomenal. Flip through the slideshow to see some of the pieces in action.Color Palette: Soft pink, cherry, neutrals, silver, peach Celeb Sightings: Ivanka TrumpPhoto Credit: Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
This has been Elsien Gringhuis' first show at Amsterdam Fashion Week that she presented individually. Gringhuis studied at Artez in Arnhem and works for G-Star Raw denim at the moment. The collection she showed at AIFW 2010 looks rather strict, with straight lines and a minimal, clean cut silhouette, in addition to lots of shiny fabrics with very well made details. "Focus" is the theme of her collection, a collection about all the stress and chaos we go through all day and the need to focus on what really matters and what makes a difference in our day-to-day lives. Although it's not certain if she will produce her collection (she is still looking for ateliers) you can buy a real Gringhuis soon at Hema (www.hema.nl). She won the Hema design contest with a raincoat she made from biological cotton and rubber coating. Click the slideshow to see her show at Amsterdam International Fashion Week!