June 8, 2007

resort 07.08, part 1.

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resort has become quite the hot thing in recent years, with some designers (john galliano at dior and karl lagerfeld at chanel, among others) staging huge runway shows while others stick to small showroom presentations. here are some of my picks from the best of the recent collections.

even though i’m not a fan of her regular runway shows, stella mccartney’s resort collection was a study in casual elegance. the pale, neutral palette was a great backdrop for the stellar looks, which included slouchy cuffed linen trousers and shorts, military style cropped jackets, hooded cashmere sweaters, and dresses in multiple forms: strapless bubble-hem minis, trapeze with a scallop-hem, sequin spaghetti strapped, and drapey silk gowns.

at proenza schouler, jack mccollough and lazaro hernandez seemed to use ysl’s safari collections and ralph lauren as a starting point. there were skirts in swingy a-lines and sleek pencils both with high waists, belted safari jackets, thin knits, short sleeve shirts, and their signature bustiers in a cropped length.

muiccia prada’s miu miu collection was a study in silks, bright and muted. the collection included taffeta halter dresses with wide, party skirt, plaid bomber jackets, cropped cuffed trousers, cute floral tunics, print belted coats, and high-waist cords and pants.

thakoon’s collection was definitely one where i could see myself wearing alot of the looks. from the shadow striped silk shift dresses, one shoulder minidresses, paperbag waist skirts, to a strapless drape front gown in purple silk, three-quarter sleeve bomber jacket, and a short sleeve silk trench, all the pieces are supremely wearable and chic.

my favorite collection so far though has to be stefano pilati’s for ysl rive gauche. every single piece in this collection is beautiful, from the clothing to the accessories. the looks included paint splattered skinny cropped pants, pencil skirts, and shift dresses, and short sleeve bomber jackets, elastic waist taffeta dresses, long silk halter gowns, tweedy skirt suits, strapless lace dresses with feather trim at the bust, silk dresses and skirts with triangular panels, and gold tapestry gowns. the accessories built upon what was shown for f/w: the wooden heeled charlotte pump was remade in canvas with a paint drip effect and sandals had wooden or straw platforms. there were great gladiator sandals in metallic or patent leather, a satin colorblocked version of the downtown bag, and a jeweled raffia version of the mombasa bag.

pics from vogue paris