What was your inspiration for spring 2008?
I found my inspiration in Tanzania, Africa. A joyous mass of people and, amongst them, a confidant woman.
What colors, fabrics and silhouettes can we expect?
The colors are taken from the landscape and skies. Fabrics are humble in tie-dyes. Silhouettes are spontaneous in scrolled, wrapped and multi-layered effects keeping the bodies linear, tubular and cinched.
Are bubble/sack dresses really over, as claimed by NY Magazine and all the other proponents of the new long and lean look?
I feel that the obvious bubble shape is not important this season but what is a key shape for us is a lean, tubular body with scrolling and ruffling details focused at the neckline and sleeves.
What's the most unlikely place you've ever found creative inspiration, and how did it manifest itself in your collection?
I’ve found inspiration in the children's storybook, The Cat in the Hat. The quirky whimsy of it has often found its way into my collection.
If you had to choose a single woman, real of fictional, who best represented your spring 2008 collection, who would it be?
Siti binti Saad, a young peasant woman who was the first woman to sing Taarab in Swahili in the early 20th Century. Taarab inspired the music for our show this season. She changed history by singing about daily life and expressed many of the personal hopes and anxieties of impoverished townspeople and farmers.
What trend are you loving at the moment?
I love long gloves.
What trend are you over?
What trend are you hoping to ignite for spring 2008?
I’m picturing lean bodies with decadent interest around the neckline and sleeves.
Ports 1961 is scheduled to show on Friday, September 7th at The Salon in Bryant Park.