Resort 2013: 10 Collections We Loved
Resort 2013 is in full swing, and from Marc Jacobs' crazy Cindy Sherman-inspired layers to Michael Kors' gilded ikats, there's been some mighty good fashion packed into the presentations we've seen so far.
Click through to see 10 of our favorite collections—in no particular order, of course. Which do you like best?
Cast in a gorgeous array of soft pastel shades that ranged from aqua to cotton candy pink, Thakoon Panichgul's sugar-sweet separates and dresses incorporated both stripes and preppy gingham. Rather than falling back on simple printed silks and cottons, however, the designer worked with linen jacquard, leather and even neoprene. How's that for mixed media?
Oversized silhouettes tempered with geometric angular lines were the focus at Suno. The clothes were wonderfully wearable and practical, too—sherbert-toned windbreakers made ideal layering pieces, while chambray separates could stand up to any amount of urban wear and tear.
For Resort 2013, Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez are betting on leather. They trimmed most of their looks in the buttery material, and even pieced together entire ensembles from color-blocked leather separates. Tweed items, like a round-shouldered collarless coat and zip-front A-line skirt, looked especially wearable.
Inspired by the artist Jeff Koons, Preen's Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi printed their resort pieces with bold, color-saturated flowers. They alternated those blossoms with bold strokes of paint and a two-sided, patterned fabric that resembled abstract leopard print. And several sheer, crystal-embellished evening looks truly dazzled.
Marc Jacobs looked to two unlikely but undeniably complementary sources of inspiration for resort: artist Cindy Sherman's clowns and unnaturally-dyed deli carnations. Though by no means subtle, his color-soaked prints and sequin-striped polo dresses were mesmerizing.
Super-wearable jackets—of both the moto and varsity variety—filled Olivier Theyskens' resort collection for Theory, as did sheer and slouchy tees and tanks that the modest might prefer to wear over a fitted tank. A tied-at-the-waist sleeveless silk jumpsuit was a highlight, as were the textural, short-sleeved day dresses with abbreviated and flouncy hems.
Tropical and almost aggressively cheerful, Chris Benz's resort offerings could transition from the shore to the city sidewalk in seconds flat. As if to prove this point, Benz paired a bandeau bikini top with a paper-bag-waisted maxi skirt in the very same print. Just toss on a tee—preferably one of the collection's silk pocket shirts—and you're ready for lunch on the boardwalk.
Playful and Bauhaus-inspired, Scott Sternberg's latest lineup included tons of relaxed basics, like sweatpant-style trousers, zip-front jumpsuits and easy hoodies. A new, nubby take on Sternberg's beloved bandage skirt was there too, as was a navy jacket trimmed with military frogging and a playful see-through rain poncho patterned with tiny boats. The more classically nautical pieces, like striped tees and a blue-and-white blazer, are sure to sell out fast.
Kors is one of the true kings of the resort seasons—after all, no designer knows his way around a leopard-spotted sarong or gold-ringed bikini better. Unsurprisingly, both animal patterns and a certain Midas touch found their way into Kors' Resort 2013 collection, which featured lots of luxe pieces splashed in a black-and-gold ikat print. Crystal-embellished jackets and belted swimwear (now somewhat of a Kors signature) were also highlights.
Derek Lam's lower-priced collection always (appropriately) feels more relaxed and casual than the designer's primary-label wares. And while Lam hasn't abandoned the slouchy dressed-up pajama looks for which 10 Crosby's best known, this time he mixed in more structured pieces, like denim tuxedo pants and fitted plaid blazers. Fear not, though, PJ enthusiasts—there was a great ensemble that paired tropical-print silk flares with a matching tunic.
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