Resort 2013: 10 More Incredible Collections
Resort season, which typically spaces out its presentations over several weeks, isn't over yet. This past week saw strong collections from European houses like Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Carven and Peter Pilotto—though CFDA favorites such as Altuzarra and The Row also produced stellar lineups.
Click through the gallery to read our thoughts on 10 more resort collections.
You can always count on Stella to show perfectly boyish blazers, neat pants and beautiful prints—and her resort collection offered all three. Fringed lace minidresses were gorgeously Gatsby, holographic clutches and pumps were a touch futuristic and both preppy madras and wild leopard print were shown in head-to-toe iterations. More is more!
Inspired by Aaron Moran's wooden sculptures, Prabal worked with sharp angles—both in terms of his graphic motifs and actual silhouettes. But he contrasted those architectural minidresses and flared pants with fluttering peplums and floral prints. It was a perfectly balanced collection.
Mirrored, symmetrical patterns have been a big story for several seasons—and nobody knows that more than Pilotto. Along with design partner Christopher De Vos, he showed a mix of slim-cut collared dresses, halterneck frocks and dizzyingly cool pants, all splashed with his signature digital prints. Some of the pieces were even embellished—for that extra bit of flair.
Inspired partly by taxidermy beetles, Wu covered some of his pretty resort dresses with Swarovski-studded bugs—and it looked downright gorgeous. Ditto on the designer's sparkling footwear, blown-up botanical prints and the jeweled necklines that adorned many a look. And perhaps those lace gowns Wu dressed Karlie Kloss and Jessica Stam in recently were the prototypes for the similar versions he showed for resort.
It seems Pedro Lourenço wants his girls to see the world through rose-colored glasses next resort season. His collection was cast in numerous lovely shades of pink. But banish all thoughts of Elle Woods: the shapes at play here were highly structural and futuristic, as in a zip-sided straight skirt or sleeveless moto vest. A silky floral bomber jacket also stood out.
Inspired by gypsy style, Riccardo Tisci incorporated plenty of paisley, scarf prints and even floaty ponchos into his collection. The color palette veered between strictly black-and-white (a Tisci signature) and screaming red and turquoise. And to add further drama, many looks—jackets, dresses, even deceptively basic button-up shirts—had cape backs. We hope Rooney Mara's not opposed to wearing prints next summer...
Speaking of capes, Joseph Altuzarra's safari-inspired lineup had 'em as well—this time, a roomier twist on the trench coat. There were also pretty blue ikat prints, military belts in the shades of the Jamaican flag, and voluminous ruffle-front skirts that still looked completely wearable. Fitted front-pocket jackets in black and khaki, as well as gypsy dresses and embellished blouses that laced up at the neck, further touched on the explorer theme.
The newly-26-year-old Olsens further proved they deserved that CFDA Award with this collection. There were beautiful coats, most notably in pale lavender, some ultra-wearable striped silk button-ups and a sweet golden sheath finished with a train-style flounce (almost a half-peplum) in the back. Oh, and those smitten with Ashley Olsen's purple dress from the CFDAs will be happy to hear the look made it into this lineup, too.
Sure, it's fitting that Marcus Wainwright and David Neville's resort collection would be packed with leather pieces, utilitarian anoraks and plenty of moto jackets—but wait, are those florals? Yep, the designers mixed in bright blossoms for resort, splashing them on a matching blazer-and-pant duo, a nipped-waist day dress and (our favorite) an A-line miniskirt they paired with a chunky fisherman's sweater. A perfect look for any season.
Like many other labels, Carven went in a more gypsy-influenced direction for resort—but that doesn't mean designer Guillaume Henry has abandoned the preppy look he loves. Henry mixed paisley pieces in easy silhouettes with tangerine tweeds, round-shouldered outerwear and even a black quilted leather jacket. Of course, Carven's cocktail frocks never disappoint: and this season's group, which included a black plunging number with blue piping and a turquoise puff-skirted dress with shoulder cutouts, looked great.
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