September 14 2009, 1:03 PM
The "It" Factor for Denver: Dresses look strong, with the best in easy-to-wear T-shirt styles, or sleeveless and gathered at the hip with cowl backs. The Gist of the Show: Watercolor prints, pale hues, and soft structure lend Ports 1961 an exotic, romantic feel this season. The collection is further enhanced by gently draped fabrics with a high sheen, or sheer---like organza and chiffon---and cut in layers. Tia Cibani's strength as a designer shows through when she simplifies details such as origami pleating and gathered fabric. Standout looks include a blush-pink, strapless dress with an obi bustier detail and her draped column gowns. Look for It Locally: MAX, 3039 E. Third Ave., 303-321-4949.