He took on Trussardi and Jil Sander, and now Milan Vukmirovic is starting literally from zero at Ports 1961. His "Zero" collection is full basics for a modern metropolitan man, who needs his looks to last from his morning skateboard jet to Starbucks, to the occasional post-party night cap.
Vukmirovic exhibited his own rendition of the classic white shirt that made Port famous, in ten different styles, ranging from cropped-sleeved to ruffled tuxedo. Placed in the center of the Spazio Edit showroom, the array was positioned at the heart of the presentation in order to emphasize his dedication to Port's minimalist heritage.
Outside that space, things stopped looking Ports and started looking more Milan. Sportswear was the main protagonist. Civil war-era military jackets and star-camouflage motif skater helmets, parkas, footwear, duffels and skateboards designed by Tony Alva were a departure from anything we have seen in the past by Ian Hylton.
Bright primary color Mondrian-like block motif patterns on stiff leisure wear designs were reminiscent of the prints that made YSL turn heads back in the 1960s.
Ports opted for a by-appointment presentation, rather than its usual fashion show, in order for the press to get to know Vukmirovic's work. We certainly learned more about the designer, and it’s clear that things are about to get much more interesting for Ports.