Resort 2018 trends you’ll be itching to try

Resort season is one of the most overlooked seasons in the fashion world. While fashion lovers around the world pine for spring, pre-fall, and fall collections, resort seems to fall behind in the eyes of the fashion community year in and year out. Luckily, this season, it seems that designers around the globe were bitten by a creative bug and produced some of the most successful and innovative resort collections to date. And the best thing about fresh and innovative design is that it pushes new trends forward, giving fashion aficionados around the world new inspiration that breathes life into their cold weather wardrobes.

The Printed Knee-High

Photo: Vogue Runway – Prada, Thom Browne, Gucci

Now, to some (I’m talking to you private and Catholic school girls), knee-high socks are the bane of humanity. They’re fussy, tend to always fall or roll down. and generally come in either black, navy, grey, or whatever ridiculous hue of maroon or mustard your school colours were. But don’t dismiss this posh staple just yet. This season’s knee-high stocking was more than just an accessory. Unlike their academic sisters, the knee-highs at high fashion houses Prada, Thom Browne, and Gucci came in printed patterns and interesting hues. Marrying the traditional sock with blogger-it-girl street style, they transformed the good old scholastic knee-high sock into one of the most in-demand accessories of the season.

Shades of (Navy) Blue

Photos: Vogue Runway – Pringle of Scotland, Delpozo, Versace

Resort and cruise collections are created with the sole purpose of giving high-fashion clientele luxurious options for their jet-set vacations. Instead of throwing on a gauzy sarong, resort collections offer up the option of opting for luxe ensembles made especially for the warm summer months, the yacht, or the country estate. And it seems as if the designers visited the same luxurious and exotic locations as their clients when they designed their collections. No colour seems to have popped up during resort season more than deep ocean blue and nowhere else was it used better than at Pringle of ScotlandDelpozo, and Versace. Rich and luxurious shades of indigo and navy dominated the design landscape, creating daydreams of the deep blue oceans that surround the world’s most heavenly rivieras.

Mix and Match Rock & Roll

Photos: Mugler, I’M Isola Marras, Acne Studio

Back in the days before rock music began influencing fashion, one could be called out or even ousted from social circles if they chose to sport a particular rock clique attire for the sake of style. It was a rock & roll travesty to merely wear a studded leather jacket for the sake of looking punk or a Slayer t-shirt because you wanted to look like a metalhead. Fast forward a few decades and the walls of music (and fashion) have come down. It’s no longer a sin to want to mix and match styles from the various eras and genres of rock music around the world. Designers took that notion into full account this season. At MuglerI’M Isola Marras, and Acne Studio, rock saw its various style meshed with one another to create a perfect cacophony of textures, layers, and colours. Punk mesh was mixed with grungy florals, while oversized blazers were paired with pop rock hoodies and eyeliner, and goth trenches were paired with clean Bowie-esque slacks, giving a new look to the traditional rock ensemble.

Green With Envy

Photos: Vogue Runway – Vivetta, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Vionnet

Emerald, pea green, evergreen, mint, lime, avocado: It doesn’t matter what your favourite colour of green is because you don’t have to choose this season. From the look of it, green seems to be the next big trend in colour right after navy blue. At VivettaPhilosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, and Vionnet, green played a vital role and added a fresh and crisp summer look to many of the garments in the collections. Taking the designers’ resort wear from regular vacation attire to bright and exotic à la Jennifer Lopez at the Grammy’s in Versace. And what woman wouldn’t want to have her own JLo moment?

Rock & Roll Florals

Photos: Vogue Runway – Badgley Mischka, Preen by Thorton Bergazzi, MSGM

Resort 2018 seemed to be the season of turning tradition on its head. At Badgley MischkaPreen by Thorton Bergazzi, and MSGM, florals were placed front and centre. But these weren’t your average florals. This season’s floral called for something a little out of the box. Instead of having the same old soft and summery pastel florals, the designers opted for prints that brought a little edge into the mix. Dark background colours added to the pops of crimson, teal, and gold that wound around one another to create florals that were a little more ’80s glam rock than garden party pristine. Making these prints the perfect mould breaker for a fashion lover who wants to go somewhere a little darker and a little harder with their pretty petaled prints.

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Milan Fashion Week f/w17: The Highlights

Milan is best known for being the most conservative of the four big fashion weeks and that’s partly due to the Italian woman herself. When we look at Italian design, it seems very set in its ways. House codes are followed to the T and very rarely do fashion houses aim at creating collections that stretch too far out into the world of sex-appeal or groundbreaking contemporary fashion (with the exception of a few.) However, it seems that in recent years, Milan has been edging closer and closer into previously unexplored territory by tapping into new talent and allowing designers to go beyond the confines of  strict design codes. This season saw one of the best outcomes in terms of collections for Milan in years.

Here are Novella’s highlights for the best of Milan Fashion Week!

Ricostru

Photo: Ricostru

There’s something about a collection that relies heavily on gothic romanticism that just gets the blood pumping in every fashion lover’s heart. At this seasons Ricostru show, the audience was treated to a cavalcade of modern gothic romantics. Black leather looked softened and fluid when paired with knits and vinyl, while sheer elements created a soft whimsical aspect to the collection. The collection also had a very 90’s goth rock edge to it that felt refreshing after seeing 70’s trends dominate the runway everywhere else. However, the collection did not rely solely on black, some of the best looks came in light stone greys and metallic silver, with the most compelling and inspiring looks having a beautiful iridescent sheer silk draped over them.

Erika Cavallini

Photo: Erika Cavallini

Contemporary fashion is dominated by trends and sometimes designers feel compelled to have to follow said trends, which can lead to some extremely unfortunate mishaps and hiccups for designers. Thankfully, at Erika Cavallini, trendspotting and editing definitely paid off.  The designer definitely hit a strong note by picking some of this year’s biggest trends and fuse them into a perfectly smart and relevant collection. Ruffles and plaid danced with one another in the form of flirty skirts, coats, and dresses. Florals were printed on pastel fabrics and even denim and sportswear found their way into the collection in ways that weren’t off-putting. Creating an intelligent and social media ready collection that’s bound to be on many young fashion lovers wish lists this season.

For Restless Sleepers

Photo: For Restless Sleepers

Sleepwear has been a major trend on and off of the runway for the better part of a year now. It’s invaded menswear, ladieswear, street-style, and even fast fashion retail with a gusto that hasn’t been seen since its big boom during the 1970s. At F.S.R, luxury loungewear reigned supreme in all of its silken glory. Heavy bohemian prints and velvet rounded out the collection while crisp Japanese and English florals were presented in the most regal of colours, giving off an air of richness that goes perfectly with the clothing being presented at hand. One of the standout outfits had to have been a strikingly beautiful silk robe that depicted a beautiful scene of peacocks taking flight in hues of evergreen and watercolour sky blues that conjure up an image of a king lounging in his gilded smoking room.

Gucci

Photo: Yannis Vlamos

Alessandro Michele makes another triumphant return at Gucci this season with his usual cacophonous parade of colour, texture, and style. Models wore everything from pseudo-Paco Rabanne-esque 1960s style knitted hoods, to a rainbow fringe, and even Japonesque florals. The wonderful part of this collection was its sheer size. A total of 120 looks were featured on the runway which featured almost every trend imaginable, but the most striking of the bunch had to be the looks that were made with the help of Spanish artist Coco Capitan. The artist created highly political statement slogans for Michele’s collection which took aim at the current political and social climate in the United States. One Particular look fused an interesting mix of denim (in the form of cutoff shorts) with a glittering bodysuit that looked almost like a mirrored exoskeleton with a slogan shirt that proudly stated: “common sense is no that common.” This look, which featured one of the simplest outfits in the entire collection actually proved to be one of the most striking and visually stunning in the entire collection; giving Milan its own iconic protest moment.

Giamba

Photo: Giamba

In a surprising turn, Italy’s wunderkind Giambatistta Valli opted for a presentation this season, as opposed to a runway show, to feature his baby line Giamba. But that did not take away from the beauty that his collection brings ever season. For this season, Giamba continued doing what it does best, providing young well to do women with stunningly regal and flirty clothing that completely defines today’s fashion forward millennial. However, this season saw the addition of something interesting and genuinely unexpected for a Giamba show, extravagant luxury. The first telltale sign that this Giamba collection wasn’t going to be like the rest was with the introduction of rich long-haired furs. Beautiful shag coats were layered over pretty “it girl” dresses creating a 70s sensibility that felt completely relevant with today’s fashion scene. Another extremely pleasing aspect of the show was its slight injection of maturity. It seems that instead of creating another collection of sweet as bubblegum dresses, Valli opted to use a darker colour palette, giving his a collection and Edwardian heaviness that is definitely pulling the brand forward into new territory.

 Prada

Photo: Monica Feudi

It’s a known fact that Miuccia Prada has always moved to the beat of her own drum, and this season is no different. For her fall 2017 collection at Prada, Miuccia presented a collection aimed at reclaiming women’s sensuality and sexuality in a way that’s reminiscent of past feminist movements, hence the overall 1960s / 70s feel. The collection starts by featured strong silhouettes that fused the raw sexuality exuded by the female body, with elements of menswear. This gave the collection a wonderful air of androgyny. However, masculinity was not Miuccia’s answer to female strength. For the remainder of the show, Miuccia Prada presented compelling looks steeped in femininity, because a strong woman doesn’t have embrace masculine traits to be strong, femininity can be just as strong, if not stronger in its own way. Case in point being the true stars of the show, which were a group of graphic printed dresses that depicted portraits of women carelessly lounging, posing, and generally going on about their day without a care in the world. The images are reminiscent of women in the 1960s, with the bright coloured clothing a perfectly coiffed hair. It’s almost as if you can see Leslie Gore singing “You don’t own me” while wearing one of these dresses, giving 1 part seduction and the other part empowered lioness.

Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

Photo: Luca Tombolini

Philosophy was known for having it’s great fashion moments over the years, but it seemed like it was beeing overshadowed in recent years by the big Milan 5. Fortunately for lovers of the brand, it seems like designer Lorenzo Serafini took fall 2017 as a way to change all of that. This season saw one of the most compelling collections at Philosophy to date. The collection, which was steeped heavily in old school femininity, played on all of the ultra fem trends that haven swept fashion for the last few seasons (ruffles being a big one.) The 1950s and 60s silhouettes were made fresh and modern through sheer polka dot blouses and dresses, while tulle dresses added a youthful edge to the already lively and soft show. One of the biggest highlights of the collection is a simple outfit comprised of a sheer ruffled blouse worn with a slick white dress pant. The outfit itself isn’t anything different from what been seen audiences has seen before, but it’s in the outfit’s expert and well thought out design that truly makes it a standout piece. All in all, this collection seems to be a preview of the newly lit spark that is inspiring Serafini, and in the fashion industry, any spark is a good one!