Resort 2013 Roundup


The resort shows are getting bigger than ever, running throughout the month of June both in New York and Europe and featuring a diverse arrange of emerging and established designers. Here is a selection of some of the upcoming season’s offerings.

Designer Stacey Bendet offered up subtlely hued day dresses, floral shorts, and pastel knickers at Alice + Olivia.

Newbie brand Nonoo (helmed by Misha Nonoo), put a fun and flirty spin on classic shorts, shifts, trousers, and jackets by way of cute palm tree graphics and sizzling pops of yellow.

Organic by John Patrick took the work of obscure art writer (and Art-Rite ‘zine founder) Edit DeAk as its muse, though the resulting slip dresses, leather skirts, padded jackets, and day-to-evening jumpsuit were as wearable (and sustainable) as ever.

Chanel‘s Karl Lagerfeld unveiled a twisted mash-up of hip-hop-meets-Louis-XIV styles at Versailles, packed with full-skirted dresses, lace-edged jackets, and ruffled shorts in sweet sherbet shades, all worn with flatform sneakers.

It was a color explosion over at Chris Benz, with an array of lavishly embellished dresses, sheer-slipped pencil skirts, contrast-pocket tees, and fruit-printed jackets, accessorized with bold plastic jewelry by The Woods – all designed to evoke a “tropical travel fantasy.”

Rebecca Minkoff served up a tasty array of her signature handbags in unexpected color combos (turquoise with red, chartreuse with purple) alongside cool-girl anoraks, bright skinnies, and metallic leather moto jackets.

Rachel Comey put her spin on pale denim by way of cropped trousers, a wrap dress and boxy jackets paired with black leather tops and upholstery print shifts and shorts suits.

Stella McCartney hosted the resort season’s most fun presentation – a carnival-themed shindig at Marble Cemetery in New York, complete with ring toss and dart board games, a DIY ice cream sandwich stand, and celebs galore (Amy Poehler! Anne Hathaway! Jim Carrey! Emily Mortimer!). And the collection – featuring animal-printed clutch coats, bold floral frocks, sleek yellow suiting and vegan friendly accessories – was equally entertaining.

An A-list crowd (Frieda Pinto, Leighton Meester, Hilary Swank) was also in attendance at Salvatore Ferragamo, which showed designer Massimiliano Giornetti’s resort collection of woven leather dresses, fringed knits, sequin minis, and s-s-sexy snakeskin boots in the Denon wing of the Louvre.

At Calvin Klein Collection, Francisco Costa kept things minimal, as is his wont, with a California architecture-inspired collection of midi-length belted shifts and gauzy disco dolly dresses in neutral hues offset by pops of citron yellow and kelly green, all worn with clunky peep-toe platforms.

Lauren David Peden writes for Rue La La as a Contributing Editor.

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June 29, 2012