Monochrome + Geometry
L to R: Lanvin / 3.1 Phillip Lim / 3.1 Phillip Lim / Thakoon Addition / Lanvin
L to R: Preen / Preen / 3.1 Phillip Lim / Monique Lhuillier / Yigal Azrouel
After having a good catch up look at the Resort collections so far, I can say there’s been some amazing talent showcased. The standout collections for me were Lanvin, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Preen, and Theysken’s Theory. The reason? It’s obviously subjective, but my taste leans towards clothes that express an easy simplicity. All these designers showed looks that comprised of a great juxtaposition of modernity, shape, and bold print. These are clothes that are just sharp and photograph beautifully. That, for me, is the hardest aspect to get right- clothes which actually hold their own on camera. Secondly, these collections all encompass the spirit of Resort. Resort is about achieving ready-to-wear looks that transcend season, yet also appeal to the customers who seek holiday-wear. There’s a requirement for soft tailoring, moveable fabric; pieces which offer function as well as everyday elegance.
The trends which seemed to appear across the spectrum of collections were floral prints, geometry and monochromatic pairings. From Lanvin, to Thakoon Addition, to St John, classic black and white was a dominant theme, but done in a way where bold print featured heavily. Florals were also seen across the board, and luckily we saw them appear in a beautiful bright palette instead of pre-Spring’s usual focus on pastels.
Theysken’s aim for his collection was a focus on a less structured cut, providing suits and separates that played on this notion of oversizing. Conversely, Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz presented an audacious and stunning collection with clashing geometric print, exaggerated proportions, and body-con pieces. At 3.1 Phillip Lim, the focus was on creating a modern silhouette through utilitarian clothes with a sporty feel. Also interwoven into the collection’s largely neutral palette were several floral-based looks. The Preen collection was one of my favourites- the bold greens, whites and floral prints were shown in less of a romantic and more of a futuristic way, which I absolutely loved.
I always look forward to the release of the Resort collections because for me, these are about appealing to the consumer whilst not straying from fashion’s desire to show aspirational pieces. Unlike the main collections, there’s less focus on fantasy, and more on wearability, which definitely makes a refreshing change.