With this year’s Resort 2013 collections, designers have given us some seriously awesome duds to wear on our winter vacations, and while it’s hard to imagine planning that far in advance, we sure will try given this season’s offerings. Previously considered an add-on for buyers to maintain retail excitement between the main fall and spring collections, Resort has now progressed into a full-fledged season all its own. These days, designers are pumping out even larger collections than before, so Resort now boasts even more heavy-hitting statement pieces that have the potential to change up your season’s style mantra, while still supplying those staple separates we count on. With so many looks to choose from, it may be challenging to decide which route to take, hence, our editors’ top picks from the Resort previews! We’ve cut out the hassle and selected our favorites that are guaranteed to get you looking your best come that mid-year getaway!
Stella McCartney: With florals, plaids, leopard print, and neon, this collection was all about acquiring ‘statement pieces.’ The looks were fun, fresh, and everything we want come resort season! We just love those slouchy bellbottoms!
Louis Vuitton- The look was tailored tops with flowy, voluminous bottoms- perfect for looking put-together in rising temperatures. Pinks and browns played into the seventies era vibe, while rose gold leather platform sandals added the finishing touches.
Jill Stuart- The innocent white bra tops and tiered floral dresses were inspired by Kate Moss as photographed by Corrine Day for 90’s ‘zine Faces. As Style.com so aptly noted, each piece could just as easily be paired with Doc Martens as with pointy pumps.
No.21- This Italian collection had just about everything under the sun-literally! There were silkscreen prints of divers underwater and jackets with embroidered waves on the back. We were most excited about the presence of pink culottes, a trend you will be seeing a lot more of, we promise.
Carven- With quirky color combos and high and low hemlines, Carven’s resort collection is packed with perfect transitional pieces. Plus, another cropped culotte option. Yes!
Proenza Schouler- This collection was basically a fashion editor’s dream closet, with light but structured overcoats and denim from the newest PS line.
Sea- Stripes and Leopard prints- 2 things we never get sick of- were mixed and matched in this easy to wear collection that belongs in every cool girl’s wardrobe.
Rag & Bone - The R&B boys know what real girls need, and in December that’s usually a super cozy shearling, not a skimpy bikini. Leather was a major component, and their much loved biker jacket was shown in a buttery navy blue.
Gucci- Frida Giannini went back to her beginnings with the Flora print that she so famously resurrected from the Gucci archives in her first year as CD. The seventies style shirt dresses and pants remind us of exactly why we love Gucci.
Jenni Kayne- The brand that embodies relaxed ready-to-wear and California cool gave us plenty of staples again this season. They also managed to make crop tops and high slits somehow lady-like, or at least chic. We love this all white look!
Marc Jacobs- The MJ team said Cindy Sherman’s clown series was a starting point this season. The floral design came from dyed deli carnations and was mixed with plaids and sequins on roomy 1930’s style silhouettes. These kooky clothes are made for play!
Prabal Gurung- Refinery 29 called it part Sailor Moon, part Vietnamese Ao Dai with its visible Asian references. Not one for print mixing, Gurung’s colors were icy blue and bright red, and the colors appeared on trims, T-shirts and mini dresses. And by the way, it seems peplums are here to stay.
3.1 Phillip Lim- In true Phillip Lim style, this super strong collection effortlessly fused sporty pants and jackets with feminine flair. Florals merged with stripes and were appliqued to outerwear. But when two trends come together to make such a bold piece as leather overalls, we just have to pray they actually make it into production.
Derek Lam- These tribal printed pieces may have been inspired by African safaris, but this chic sportswear is perfect for exploring even the city.
Celine- It’s everything we love about Celine: scarf prints, leather, and structured solids. We’ve seen white before, but this mixed tonal look is a whole new approach.
Balenciaga- A departure from last season’s over-sized sweatshirts, Balenciaga showed much more fitted and delicate styles in a softer color palette. The ruffled skirts and dresses were a little tricky, but we’re confident this black harness will be a model favorite. Our money is on Hanne Gaby Odiele.