BLauren David Peden

So it’s time for the second half of my Resort roundup, focusing on the shows – and showroom appointments — that took place in the later half of June.

Chris Benz presented a colorful Bermuda-inspired collection, full of the whimsical prints and piled-on textures that have become his signature. Multi-hued dresses were nipped at the waist or hung loose from the shoulders, bold patterned maillots had sheer matching cover-ups, and quirky short-sleeved sweaters were designed to ward off the chill during midwinter Caribbean getaways. All were worn with Alejandro Ingelmo platforms or metallic sneakers and Patricia Underwood wide-brimmed hats.

Things were short and sweet over at Erin Fetherston. The designer offered a range of separates (trousers, coats, skirt suits, even knits) in the first Resort collection for her lower-priced line, Erin, but dresses were the star of the show. The newly-cropped designer walked editors through the collection personally while two models showed off her latest looks, which are meant to take you from New Year’s Eve to mid-winter vacation and right on into spring (think: one-shoulder, zebra-striped dresses, elaborately pleated strapless frocks, and enough LBDs to make modern-day Holly Golightlys swoon with delight).
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July 6, 2011

BY LAUREN DAVID PEDEN/THE FASHION INFORMER

Resort 2012

It may be the start of summer 2011 in the rest of the world, but in the fashion industry, the month of June is all about Resort 2012, with full-on shows and presentations – along with lower-key showroom market appointments – taking place all across the city. Here’s a sampling of what I saw over the past two weeks:

Donna Karan personally walked editors through her Resort collection at an intimate presentation in her showroom, located in the furthest reaches of Manhattan’s West Side. A display of white orchids, crystal-heeled shoes, and cashmere-clad mannequins greeted visitors in the front room, while a mini-runway show, narrated by Karan herself, took place in the back room, with additional Resort looks hanging off the rails that lined the space. The story here was all about full skirts, fitted sweaters, and slimming “body pants” topped by long jackets – all in shades of white, black, crimson, and silvery grey offset by bursts of red. I especially loved the sexy-cozy grey cashmere sweaters and the dresses and gowns with gorgeous origami-like hems.

At Jill Stuart, there were no models or mannequins, but two racks of sweetly sophisticated, ’40s-inspired, graphic print looks (think fit-and-flare cap sleeve dresses, playful rompers, jumpsuits, dressy denim shorts, and jackets) designed to be worn at work or on vacay. The prints were incredible and I wanted to wear everything right that minute.
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June 18, 2011