Resort 2013 has unexpectedly left us wanting as these collections typically don’t warrant the attention of its fellow spring and fall shows. More specifically, it was the footwear offering that made a memorable statement with bold, intricate details and techniques.
Well aware that these styles won’t be available for purchase until next year, we can still imagine countless ways they would blend in nicely with our current summer wardrobes.
Left to right:
1. Reed Krakoff - The sporty trend lives on in this round-toe pump; and a bold stripe in a pop color adds interest.
2. Brian Atwood – Color-blocking is here to stay in rich tones and multiple ankle straps add detail.
3. Stuart Weitzman – The classic pump gets an ombré update. A sharp heel demands distinction from the average stiletto.
4. Alexander Wang – A cuffed ankle strap and psychedelic spots spice up the average sandal.
5. Gucci – A delicate weave in an earthy tone is perfect for summer.
6. Sergio Rossi – A wedge in mixed materials and a metallic heel easily transitions from day to night.
7. Alexandre Birman – Texture, color and curve appeal will pair well any summer ensemble.
8. Charlotte Olympia – The perfect all-in-one package: color-blocked pastels and brights in a sky-high platform.
9. Alexander McQueen – A sexy peep-toe, spiked heel and animal print combine to bring out just the right amount of your wild child.
Reed Krakoff is celebrating much success these days. You may know him better for his work with Coach, which just won him a CFDA award for Accessory Design. But Reed also knows how to dress you, not just accessorize you. His Ready to Wear Resort 2013 collection, Reed describes his aesthetic as ‘warm minimalism’…which really is a perfect description to capture his look and feel.
Reed’s use of silk jersey, sheer overlays, and translucent materials delivered a very fluid motion down the runway. What was perhaps most appealing about the entire line was his use of juicy, pop colors like cobalt, nectarine and light peach hues up against a more neutral base palette of sands and camels. Diagonal slits and asymmetrical python skirts provided a sweet hint of ‘come hither’, while the collection as a whole spoke fresh and sporty meets business smooth. Watch the video below of images provided by Style.com of the entire Resort 2013 collection:
Roberto Cavalli’s Just Cavalli Resort 2013 Collection was a bright, print-infused homage to India. The rich colors and intricate details of religious structures of the subcontinent were evident throughout the show.
For the lower-priced line, Cavalli didn’t stop at color-blocking, he went for the extreme with print-blocking. His signature animal prints, stripes and florals came together to create a cruise-worthy mash-up that is sure to make you stand out on any yacht.
With a touch of hip-hop inspiration and crisp white for balance, Cavalli awakened the runway for resort 2013.
Our favorite looks showcase the use of innovative fabric choices and an urban infusion. Cavalli added his special, embellished touch that can be seen in the white denim pants that were plated with rubber to create a cracked appearance and croc-embossed jacquard that added spunk to a tailored tux.
A citrus-y pallet of pale yellow, peach and purple commanded the runway at Bottega Veneta’s Resort 2013 show.
While the subdued hues of Tomas Maier’s pieces lacked the vibrancy of other cruise collections, the brilliance of this assortment lay in the details.
From the delicate floral pattern seen in the day to night dress shown above to the use of a simple cardigan or overcoat to complete the look, Maier’s designs were all about the little things.
Maier has said he likes to create clothing that is adult while still capturing youthfulness; and for resort he also successfully captured the youth of Bottega Veneta by incorporating materials and designs from the Italian house’s archives.
While patterns were in full bloom, Maier made certain he added a few sleek pieces to the assortment. Among our favorites were the form-fitting black dress, perfect for boardroom dominance and the floor length frock, sure to light up the night regardless of one’s evening plans.
Bottega Veneta’s Resort 2013 may seem a bit simplistic to some, but its classic lines and smart use of interchangeable pieces make it a sure bet for any fashionable, yet practical woman.
Donna Karan’s DKNY line was founded for a more youthful audience; and twenty-three years later it still offers fresh looks with the DKNY consumer in mind. Resort 2013 was filled with flirtatious frocks, tapered trousers, and shimmering skirts. The combination of sheer fabrics, silk and lace add a touch of edge to the soft lines and effortless designs.
In this collection, simplicity meets sophistication with looks perfect for day or night. Together or separate, these looks make a statement. Here are a few of our favorites:
Although a large majority of the collection exemplifies practicality, Donna Karan refuses to overlook the fun side of things throwing in touches of zebra and a color-block combo that walks on the wild side.
Versailles, France – Dwellers of the fashion world gathered from near and far in the garden of the Chateau de Versailles for a show that only Mr. Karl Lagerfeld could produce.
Once the home of France’s Sun King, Louis XIV, the waterfalls of the estate were the perfect backdrop for the Chanel 2013 Resort Collection where Mr. Lagerfeld entertained the audience with pieces that inspired an “off with their heads” Victorian feel.
Ever the neutral politician, the timing for the show was ideal as the evening before, François Hollande was sworn in as the first French socialist president in 17 years. If there wasn’t a reason to celebrate, there is now.
For The Hunger Games fans out there, the collection would have every Capitol citizen, Effie Trinket being the first, in line to purchase the clothes right off the model’s backs!
To begin, the graveled runway burst with the playfulness of eighteenth-century jackets, corseted, ruffly dresses, fichu necklines and pastel patterns.
While we marveled at the detail used in the black and white pieces, it was the airy tiers of fabric enveloped in a shade of mint green that made this dress (far right) really steal the show.
Don’t fret men, the assortment included a little something for you as well. Check out the splashes of old world fantasy seen in the details of these cropped pants suits and also in the suit worn by Mr. Lagerfeld himself.
Chanel Resort 2013 may not be the most ready-to-wear, but its lighthearted charm and distinctive details certainly made it a pleasure to view.
Each season, designers carefully select every detail of a collection, from textures and fabrics to shapes and silhouettes. For the Erdem Resort 2013 collection, the addition of another element, color, brings it all together. This season, dark hues are balanced by a touch of softer colors perfect for cruise season.
Simple and sophisticated cuts heed a frenzy of floral in Erdem Moralioglu’s second resort collection. Making for a proper fit with a sense of propriety, the collection combines hexagonal patch-working, silk, and lace in a myriad of dresses, skirts, and a first attempt at swimwear; all with a royal touch — royal blue that is.
Erdem’s inspiration: Amish culture and a photo essay entitled Las Mujeres Flores which results in an unparalleled collaboration. In a blend of what Erdem jokes is ‘Amish couture’, cool cobalt encounters inky onyx for a sophisticated look perfected by precious pink.
Above all, each of the pieces in the collection display a mastery of fine prints that have the floral trend blooming like never before.
Yet again the runway is alive for Resort 2013 with bold colors and luxurious fabrics, and no one does it better than Oscar de la Renta!
While simplicity may be the best way to describe de la Renta’s nonchalant demeanor during the Resort 2013 show, his incomparable line of clothing is anything but.
As models stomped the runway in brilliant shades of evergreen, cobalt and iris, spectators were given a softer look at de la Renta through a line that included form-fitting evening wear, fizzy and layered cocktail dresses and curve-embracing daywear perfect for business or play.
Some of our favorites from the line included an emerald green cocktail dress with the look and feel of circa 1940’s Hollywood Glam and a red and white gingham printed dress that flirted with both innocence and sensuality.
Every piece of the collection, from the flowy pant suit to the layered ball gown, offered a hint of sophistication and classic style. The use of homespun cotton and guipure lace gave the line crisp and unparalleled detail. Overall, Oscar de la Renta’s show was fresh, timeless and exuberant – the perfect combination for resort season.