June 18, 2012

resort 2013: tibi, balenciaga, and rag & bone.

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this week’s one thing is a continuation of last week’s—a look at some more of my favorite resort collections.

amy smilovic’s resort collection for tibi was a study in modern minimalism. the palette of white, black, reds, and blue were the perfect backdrop for shift dresses, colorblock skirts, open knits, and ankle zip pants. the prints showed up in unexpected ways—a schiaparelli-esque lobster knitted into a sweater, paint drip “coral” on the waist of pants and a lace “sweatshirt.”

romantic meets warrior was the story behind balenciaga’s resort collection. nicolas ghesquiere  effortlessly mixed high waist trousers with bralettes, structured cropped jackets with drapey jersey skirts, long gowns with leather harnesses. he peeked in the balenciaga archives—going to his early collections for the house for sweaters with chest cutouts then back to ballet costumes cristobal designed in the 30’s with a palette of pale yellow, baby blue, flushed pink, pea green, and soft taupe.

rag & bone
sometimes resort doesn’t mean getting away to an exotic locale like the maldives (actually for most people it doesn’t). david neville and marcus wainwright seemed to have that in mind when working on the rag & bone resort collection. rather than lighter or brighter colors, their looks were grounded in olive and black and included cropped fisherman sweaters, chiffon button front shirts, mini circle skirts, leather moto jackets (leather seems to be big all around for resort), sherling trim coats, and jodhpurs. florals were either on a dark ground with a contrasting color or a tonal—both of which felt very winter appropriate. and no r & b look would be complete without a great bootie, in this case a mixed texture one with a strap.