Cruise/Resort collections are in full swing around the globe! Presented by designers from May to July, these “pre-collections” act as a precursor to the traditional spring/summer collections that are shown during the September fashion weeks held across the world Some designers take advantage of the in between seasons to reinterpret their creative vision in a more wearable way. Originally created to target the wealthy Jet-Setters for their summer holiday wardrobes, Resort/Cruise is no longer focused solely on that target market since overseas travel has become more prevalent for the everyday person. These collections often consist of pieces that appear in store the longest and have a trans-seasonal appeal that make them ideal for a world experiencing climate changes. Check out our top 5 favourite collections for Cruise/Resort 2015.
1. Novis: Jordana Warmflash’s first Cruise/Resort collection incorporated jacquards, leather, stretch cotton sateen, paillettes and silk organza with pop art-inspired prints that were influenced by the works of Herman Miller and Eames. This resulted in feminine silhouettes in playful, bold prints that had a strong colour palette in primary colours.
2. Elizabeth and James: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen offered a minimal take for Resort with a nod to nautical inspirations, using fleece, crepe and cotton in columnar shapes in a simple palette of navy, white and black. I really love the clean simple look of this collection.
3. Rebecca Minkoff: Inspired by Ibiza’s traditional elements, Rebecca Minkoff incorporated intricate lacework and the rich hues of the Mediterranean, and worked them into modern silhouettes for her collection. The use of mixing prints and using unique fabrics like the mesh skirt above resulted in a fun and playful collection.
4. Tory Burch: Tory Burch took us back to the medieval ages with this armour-inspired collection. Gilded gold and bold bejewelling felt luxurious while maintaining a feminine edge. Soft flirty silhouettes kept the collection totally wearable, alligning with Tory’s ability to create inspirational yet approachable clothing.
5. Chloé: A trip to the Villa Savoye, on the outskirts of Paris, prompted Clare Waight Keller’s Resort 2015 collection. She blended Le Corbusier’s graphic exteriors with fluid shapes creating architectural silhouettes with soft, clean lines. This collection is completely wearable and holds true to the core of the brand’s identity; ease and joie de vivre.