Alexander Wang Celine
Now we're sure you all know that there is a lot more to fashion than just autumn/winter or spring/summer. With the demand for all things new (and believe us there is still lots of demand), designers are kept on their toes and in their studios to supply us with gorgeous collections inbetween. ‘Pre' collections are exactly what they sound like, they bridge the gap between a/w and s/s - pre-fall hits shop floors in July, before the catwalk pieces drop in August, while pre-summer (or Resort) lands in-store in February. The pre-collections prove so popular that now they make up more than 80% of retailers budgets for the year.
Right, so that is the technical bit over, now for the fun bit. Over the last week or two designers have been revealing their Resort wares, and they have us in the mood for the summer in 2010 (you really don't get a chance to enjoy the present in fashion). While we have seen great collections from Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent, it's the younger designers and the return of a certain fashion goddess, who have got us really excited.
Christopher Kane Marc by Marc Jacobs
As if he wasn't busy enough, with his massive collection for Topshop, a collaboration with Versus, not to mention his mainline, Christopher Kane has now launched his first Resort collection. His baby-doll dresses and trademark bikers could be called cute, if it wasn't for the images of nuclear test explosions printed on them - ‘sinister - but beautiful,' Christopher called them.
Alexander Wang will delight his a-list following with a collection of denim, knits, shirting and jackets, that are as cool as you'd expect, but totally wearable. Marc by Marc is as playful as ever, in bright prints, mini lengths and brilliant wedges (the model kinda makes us want to backcomb our hair too).
But the Resort fanfare has been held back for the return of Phoebe Philo. The one time Creative Director of Chloe, she left to spend more time with her family, but now she is at Celine and judging by this collection, it will be the label to covet in 2010. With flashes of colour in cobolt blue, salmon and racing green, mixed with sand tones, brown and black, there is a familiarity to the collection, but the sculptural jackets and capes feel totally new (expect them to be everywhere come February). Welcome back Phoebe, we've missed you!