Resort 2013: 10 More Collections That Wowed Us
Although most American designers have wrapped up their resort presentations—and we've shared some of our favorites here and here—resort season's not over yet! The past couple weeks have seen some of our favorite European labels unveiling their respective collections, and they've been undeniably stellar all around.
Click through for 10 more of Resort 2013's biggest hits.
Inspired by the works of Andy Warhol, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli soaked their resort collection in bold, bright shades of lime and fuchsia. The pieces appliquéd with sherbet-colored lace flowers were the standout here, and everything felt wonderfully playful.
Sarah Burton turned to the Art Deco era for inspiration this season, as well as David Bowie's famous stage costumes. Remarkably, the combination worked—beautifully, in fact—with strong shoulders, futuristic-looking silver discs and chain-link waist belts tying together much of the collection. In addition to the suiting, black evening gowns sprinkled with golden polka dots were stunning.
Leather was a big story here, used in everything from elastic-waist track pants to city shorts to halter-neck dresses. Many pieces were finished with a drawstring waist—snaps for comfort!—and the color palette ranged from caramel to cobalt to fuchsia.
Consuelo Castiglioni must have a thing for the Wild West, because studded shirts, calf-length prairie-style skirts, sparkling belt buckles and colorful necklaces worn as bolo ties featured prominently in her collection this season. We loved the color-blocked platform loafers and embroidery-edged outerwear.
Lupfer went for major metallics for resort, offering slick-looking versions of skinny jeans, pleated skirts and pullovers in lilac, black and red. His famous graphics, like lips and even hamburgers, popped up on several knits—though obviously, we're biased toward that "Lucky"-emblazoned sweater in the middle.
If you fancy a summertime safari, Kenzo should be your go-to label next season. In addition to voluminous belted anoraks trimmed with bungee cords, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon rolled out quilted cargo pants, parachute-hem skirts and leopard-spotted separates in the boldest of neon shades. The patterned high-heeled hiking booties, too, were to die for.
Florals were Kane's main motif for resort—albeit blossoms done up in the craziest colors possible, in forms ranging from photorealistic to abstract to lace-appliquéd. The designer tempered all that femininity with utilitarian-style accessories like seatbelt-style belts and his own funky twist on Teva sandals.
Phoebe Philo's scores of fans will find plenty to buy (or at least admire from afar) in her resort lineup. She brought back those beloved scarf prints and tuxedo-stripe trousers, and introduced an oversized foldover clutch that's sure to be an editorial hit. And if you're really looking to splurge, there was a collarless coat done in navy leather and leopard-spotted ponyhair that we'd kill to own.
Berardi focused on color-blocked, architectural separates for resort, but they were some of the most well-designed ones we've seen recently. Making a case for cobalt and acid green as the new color combo du jour, Berardi paired the two hues in a number of different looks. We especially liked the cool tweed pieces, though the all-white, heavily embellished finale looks were favorites as well.
Inspired by ballet costumes designed by—who else?—Cristobal Balenciaga in '30s, Nicolas Ghesquière showed beautiful, fluid pieces in an array of paler-than-pastel shades. Swirling ruffles framed both collars and skirt hemlines, abstract heart- and fleur de lis-shaped cutouts appeared on many a bodice and sweet bralettes peeked out from beneath low-cut jackets and dresses. It was a surprisingly feminine outing for the designer, and we adored it.
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