OK, I hear you when you cry “but what even IS resort, anyway”, so let’s tackle that issue first. Resort collections (sometimes referred to as ‘cruise’) were traditionally what the big fashion houses brought out between their winter and summer collections to appeal to the type of women who might, for example, be escaping to warmer climes to the Caribbean or (hence the name) going on a cruise. They used to fall a bit under the radar, but now they’re a much bigger deal because they generate so much revenue for the brands (as do the pre-collections, which come out between summer and winter in July) and because some fashion houses have started showing super-glamorous catwalk shows to accompany the collections. So let’s see what the big three – Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior – have on offer for Cruise 2016.
Karl Lagerfeld took Chanel’s resort collection to Seoul this season, a decision he must have made a while ago, given the heavy Korean influences in the collection. There was everything you would expect from classic, traditional Chanel – tweed, pastel colours, pearls and double cuff bracelets – but with the addition of faux plaited headpieces, vibrant prints and hanbok dresses, which are a traditional Korean empire-line smock. Highlights included the flat Mary Jane shoes (worn with white ankle socks) and lace onesie bloomers.
Nicholas Ghesquiere just goes from strength to strength at Louis Vuitton, and other than his stonking first ever collection for the brand in March last year, which was essentially a much more chic reworking of my own wardrobe from 1994, this is my favourite yet. A little bit Game of Thrones, a touch of Nineties boho, and a whole lotta totally wearable clothes (even those leather pants look inviting), this had the InStyle team swooning. We’re particularly taken with the accessories; those GORGEOUS leather boots that look a bit like the Palladium plimsolls all the foreign exchange students wore when you were at school and the palm print bags that reflected the show location, Palm Springs.
Staged on the balcony of the Palais Bulles - Pierre Cardin's amazing "bubble house" on the outskirts of Cannes - the venue was as individual as the designs of Raf Simons for Dior. Moving on from winter's catsuits, this wearable collection comprised cute, pleated tennis style dresses in bright prints (in fact, there were loads of dresses), dresses and over-skirts made from netting, as well as tailoring in brown checks and classic Dior black. It was the shoes that stoked the show though - extreme pointed winkle picker boots in a patchwork of colours and variety of heel heights (the flats teamed with swimsuits were a particular highlight) and padded thong sandals - a theme that has run throughout the resorts collections this season.
May 11, 2015 at 1:29pm PDT