Only Love Matters: Ports 1961 Proposes Positive Message for Spring ’18 Collection

June 17, 2017
Hamid Onifade takes to the catwalk for Port 1961's spring-summer 2018 runway show.
Hamid Onifade takes to the catwalk for Port 1961’s spring-summer 2018 runway show.

Ports 1961 capitalizes on the strengths of social movements for its spring-summer 2018 collection. Men’s creative director Milan Vukmirovic makes a case for love and solidarity. Graphic messages of positivity join a lineup of fashions inspired by artist Jean Michel Basquiat. The late icon’s work is just as important as his personal style. Here Afrocentric prints meld with a modern streetwear influence.

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Ports 1961 presents its spring-summer 2018 men's collection during Milan Fashion Week.
Ports 1961 presents its spring-summer 2018 men’s collection during Milan Fashion Week.

Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2018 Men’s Collection

The spring-summer Ports 1961 menswear collection is a celebration of diversity, strength and optimism.

Fashion reflects the world around us. In a time of challenge, fear and disillusion, it is the creative person’s role to try to deliver a message of love and hope. For the past several seasons, Milan Vukmirovic has been exploring the urgency of love and the importance of fraternity, unity and solidarity.

Inspired by Jean Michel Basquiat’s work and personal style, African cool-setters and the hip-hop scene in New York in the early Eighties, Milan Vukmirovic presents an upbeat collection with a very positive message. Brimming with color and meaning, this collection is a window that opens to the world and defends the richness of difference.

This season, Ports 1961 draws in equal measures on street culture, contemporary dress and local artisans. Embroidery and prints point to far horizons.

This collection is, in its own way, a message of solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement that began in the street and on social media in 2012. The fight against violence and for justice for black people resonates today in an even wider, bigger way.