Resort 2013 Highlights
Formerly with Cacharel, Cédric Charlier has made it in the fashion world in his own right. There’s a beautiful geometry to Cédric Charlier’s Resort designs — it is said that he drew inspiration from Cristobal Balenciaga’s Spring 1966 collection, apparent in the clean, simple cuts in dramatic contrasting colors.
Alexander Wang’s designs ooze a coolness that everyone wants but few have. The sportive elements are still apparent in this collection — as in all his work — but the sly cutouts, cropped tops, softer fabrics, light loose trousers, and translucent-milk boot soles lend an airy femininity.
Naeem Khan, I think, successfully introduced more downplayed, casual daywear into this collection with cute knee-length frocks, embroidered peasant blouses, and a couple pairs of beautifully cut trousers. But the more elaborate dresses, as usual, are what stood out to me — frou frou pastel drop-waist gowns, easy bold colored chiffon, and of course the little liquid gold fringe number that has my fingers scrambling for my credit card despite barely being able to afford rent and groceries.
10 Crosby Derek Lam
1990s, 80s, 60s. I’m not sure what era Derek Lam was trying to evoke for this collection, but I loved it. It was an odd but visually appealing hodge podge of plaids, pajama pants, matching floral statement pieces, leather, denim, and a bit of student-meets-urban working girl. The great thing about this collection, despite the slightly confusing theme, is that its comprehensible how each look could be remixed and re-worn with other different items in the collection.
In Riccardo Tisci’s own words, he described this collection as ”romantic, but with a sharpness.” Indeed. The mesmerizing gypsy scarf prints, usually ascribed to a loose, casual, bohemian style, were turned into something crisp, clean, and tailored. Simple lines, sleek and boxy silhouettes, and solid dark fabrics kept the wild designs in check. Utter perfection.
Which Resort 2013 looks were your favorite?
*Images via Style.com