Just when we thought we couldn't take the English gentleman motif anymore, Ports1961 served it up in modern, urban London style.
A tribute to the dandy days of Queen Elizabeth II's romantic uncle King Edward VIII, who abdicated his throne to be with thrice married fashion icon Wallis Simpson -- Fiona Cibani and Ian Hylton evolved sartorial classics, adding asymmetric patterns and innovative styles like a wool poncho that exposed the double breasted buttons of its matching glen plaid suit.
"It's British with a cool modern edge. I didn't want the typical English style that everyone was expecting," Cibani told Now Fashion backstage.
Black velvety tops and hoodies were accompanied by cashmere turtlenecks, upgrading classic winter daytime looks. Technical pieces like waterproof anoraks and compact technical wool coats, further underlined the contemporary edge.
In Milan and also at Pitti Uomo, we spotted quite a bit of Astrakhan, a luxuriant rarity, which comes from the karakul lamb of Central Asia. This velvety lavish fur was used primarily on accessories at Ports - woven onto clutches, backpacks and mini briefcases. Exotic skins like crocodile was also used on briefcase backpacks.
Overall, the accessories were appropriate for a wide range of men, no matter what background or social class. Fit for a king, Wallis Simpson may have very well made sure that the Duke of Windsor had some Ports apparel in his wardrobe.