Our first Resort 2013 Roundup highlighted just some of our favorite trends from summer’s debut of the Resort 2013 season. The designers who offered up covetable collections to appease our fashion appetites in between major seasons seemed to have all been on the same page when it came to energizing prints and jet-set-worthy frocks. To sum up part one of our trend roundup, stripes and florals covered everything from mini skirts to wide-leg pajama pants. However, the pre-season Resort collections were just too good not to take notice—there’s still more great fashion we can’t help but talk about.
Amidst the boisterous primary colors of endless bold prints, there was also a surge in muted hues that bring to mind a warm spring breeze and blooming flora. In Resort 2013, designers took advantage of the hushed color palette, simultaneously fusing it with sturdy details creating a hard meets soft motif. Balenciaga took inspiration from the house’s legacy, drawing upon costumes Cristobal Balenciaga created for the ballet Bolero in the 1930s. Baby blue and pink, and a soft yellow called bergamot appeared in flirty dresses accented with ruffled hemlines created with a structured neoprene. Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier describes his design process as first choosing “color, then material, then shape.” For Resort 2013 he chose yellow, peach, and a mint green for tailored, monochromatic looks featuring high-waisted, wide-legged trousers. Karl Lagerfeld’s divine inspiration for Chanel Resort 2013 was 18th century Versailles laced with a hip-hop edge. The result was undeniably Lagerfeld as lace ruffles and signature Chanel silhouettes were paired with urban platform trainers.
Sparkle and Shine
Resort 2013 also happens to have a very glittery outlook on the season. Shimmering looks throughout intend to make consumers shine through the holiday season, reminding us that every cloud has a silver luminous lining. Opulent minimalism was the theme of Michael Kors’ Resort collection, which year after year he finds to be “one of the most fun seasons to work on.” His affinity to gilded glamour came across in gold and black ikat shantung, gold lame, and the gleaming brocade of a jacket and shorts set featuring a crystal-studded collar and complementary bejeweled gladiator sandals. Christopher Bailey updated Burberry Prorsum’s version of their classic, True Brit trench coat in metallic gold lame. The shimmering outerwear is sure to be the perfect finish to any holiday look. As the pre-season’s inspirations continue to be (at the least) thought provoking, Cushnie et Ochs had us scratching our heads with their Marie Antoinette meets extraterrestrial motif. But we quickly exchanged our confusion for pleasure when we saw the radiant silver nylon in an adorable high-waisted pleated skirt and buttoned up collared top look.
Exciting separates have us ready and willing to trade (some) of our fuss-free frocks in favor of the season’s look-at-me printed pants—the ultimate update to our business casual attire. (By the way, if you’re not quite ready to embrace pants of the printed variety, get festive with a bright, boldly hued pair like those from Reed Krakoff, Rachel Zoe, and Matthew Williamson.) Monique Lhuillier brightens up the tailored trousers in her Resort collection with an abstract floral print of juicy fuchsia and red. Erdem’s cool blue print appeared in everything from demure dresses to sophisticated suits, the midnight and Venetian blues melting into a saturated, Rorschach-esque blot pattern. Los Angeles based designer Kelly Wearstler infused her collection with West Coast edge and the raw motif of “animals that attack.” Her quite literal approach is seen in the shredded black and yellow print of relaxed-fit silk trousers. The roughed-up vibe was taken further with side slashes at the shin. Paired with mixed print separates and tiger striped, electric yellow pumps—we’re ready to rock this look coast to coast.