And now for a bit more resort. After the preponderance of wearable tailored separates we saw at the end of last week, it is our pleasure to bring you three more collections each containing a few more style surprises. Neon brights – dominant in the S/S ’11 collections (here at Grazia Daily we like to wear at least one neon item per day) have made more than a couple of appearances, we think the pictures look brilliant.
First up is Michael Kors, that jolly, all-American minimalist. His schtick is to create clothes, sometimes fun, sometimes classic, with smooth lines and few accoutrements in colours that girls simply cannot resist. For resort, he has taken inspiration from his New Year’s trip to Sydney, where his head was filled with sun, surf and scuba ‘James Bondi Girl!’ ‘Surf Jackie!’ ‘Urban Beach!’ and other such puns. To describe the collection in our own words we’re going with ‘neoprene-tastic’ and ‘fannypack-orama!’. Seriously though, although this collection seems pretty youthful and even clubby, we think that there are also options for the more reserved shopper in the tailored blazers, fitted shift dresses and cropped pants. We also admired the sturdy sandals and gladiator flats, because ‘Sydney isn’t a high heel kind of town’. Great!
Over on the Brit side, the McQ (Alexander McQueen’s second line, designed by Pina Ferlisi and overseen by Sarah Burton) resort collection is also taking inspiration from the after-dark world of neon, although in a more subtle, flash-of-pink-on-a-black-dress way, or faded into smudgy digital prints.
We like it a lot and we welcome the scuba-influence, we can’t wait to start spotting girls here there and everywhere in block-coloured wet-suit style outfits with contrast colour zips. PLUS we see the introduction of McQ's first ever handbag collection — think bright bags in leather, vinyl, denim, and (yep) neoprene.
Lastly, if you’re not averse to a pop of bright colour but you prefer it to be the garnish, rather than the main course of an outfit then DO check out Burberry Prosum’s resort offering. With classic outerwear; like a variety of trench coats, (including sumptuous leather trenches) mod-style parkers and bikers in a range of sand and neutral colours with an added splash of colour from amazing accessories – bright handbags, or a neon belt on a traditional trench.
Traditional African batik prints also featured on pencil skirts and one very striking jacket and the whole thing was top and tailed by brilliantly covetable towering tribal heels embellished with coloured beads and what we’ve decided can only be; wicker tam o’ shanters. Fab!
- Naomi Attwood