The Resort collections are somewhat of a confusing thing. Firstly there’s the nomenclature – some fashion folk stand by Resort’s original name: Cruise. Once upon a time this was a fresh batch of clothes delivered around Christmas-time for those wealthy enough to jet off to hotter climes – maybe, a cruise. See?
Secondly the actual content of Resort/Cruise/whatever has also shifted. Nowadays these collections are more of an all-encompassing season-less fix of newness that simply lands in stores after autumn/winter and before spring/summer – not just holiday-wear. This range is usually more commercial than the main read-to-wear lines, which explains why buyers invest so much of their budgets… and why’d we’d be so interested to keep up to speed.
So, technicalities aside, we’re pleased to see that Resort 2014 presentations are now in full swing, with trends and key pieces stacking up. This is what we’ve noticed from our first analysis….
SPORTY GETS DOWN’N’DISCO:
Gucci Resort 2014
Could sports-luxe be the trend of the decade? The athletic aesthetic is still high-jumping all over the place, but the update of 1970s luxuriously draped pieces with disco spins – like metallic fabrics or embellishment – give an established look some extra polish. Gucci is the team leader here.
BAD TASTE IS GOOD TASTE:
L-R: Two Versus looks, Just Cavalli
Thanks to J.W. Anderson’s debut at Versus and Just Cavalli’s Resort line, it’s safe to say that a little fabulous vulgarity goes a long way – we’re talking leopard satins, PVC, slashed-to-there dresses and over-embellishment – maybe even all together. If you’re game, we are.
BOMBERS ARE STILL BOOMING:
L-R: DKNY, Clover Canyon, Thakoon Addition
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FLORALS ARE PRETTY HYPER:
L-R: Sachin + Babi, Tory Burh, Oscar de la Renta
Just when you thought florals had wilted for good, along comes a fresh bouquet! Whether vibrantly digi-printed, embroidered onto tulle or used in sportswear, there’s a flower for everyone and they’re all very, very pretty.
SLIP OF A THING:
L-R: Dior, Adam Lippes, Just Cavalli
Just a simple, shapeless spaghetti strap dress appears to be the frock-du-jour. Not wildly updated from it’s ‘90s classic and likely to be worn on the street with a similar grungey swagger even if these ones presented are ultra-minimal.
L-R: Fendi, Sportmax, Chanel
Designers have eased this idea slowly but surely into their collections over the past few seasons, so if you haven’t got to grips with the throwback styling move, there’s plenty of time.