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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Highlights from Resort and Pre-Fall 2017/18

Pre-fall, Resort, Cruise. What does it all mean? Now some people feel pre-fall and resort collections are completely unnecessary, but the truth of the matter is, resort and pre-fall collections do play and important role in the fashion world. In most cases, pre-fall and resort are meant to showcase what’s to come for their respective season. For example, cruise and resort are meant to give customers a taste of what’s to come for spring/ summer, while pre-fall is meant as a tease for the coming fall/winter shows. Now you could argue that brands could cut their costs and just lump these small capsule collections into their respective seasons, but fashion is just as much about tradition as it is about innovation, so letting go of the mini mid-season collections may feel like a betrayal of traditions for some designers.

Proenza Schouler (Pro-Enzuh Skool-er) Pre-Fall 2017

Photo: Proenza Schouler

Yes, that’s right, it’s pronounced “Pro-enzuh Skool-er” not “Prenza Shooler,” but that’s beside the point. This time around, the boys at famed New York fashion powerhouse Proenza Schouler created a pre-fall collection packed full of all the things Proenza fans look forward to in the regular seasonal collections. A mix of modern edge and grungy industrial look come together in the form of a simple minimalist crop top, grommeted trousers, and what appears to be a simple black bomber. It seems like once again the Proenza boys have redefined New York cool girl chic with a simple silhouette and perfect styling. What more could you ask for?

 

Prada Resort 2018

Photo: Vogue Runway

Miuccia Prada is undoubtedly the reigning queen of design in today’s fashion landscape. Her constant quest for creating chic clothing that represents not only the here and now but also the future has solidified her place among the legends of fashion. For her resort 2018 collection, Miuccia dove into the world of feminine sexiness. The collection featured a plethora of sheer separates in macaron pastels. Pistachio greens flowed beautifully against strawberry milk pinks and champagne sequins, giving the collection and immediate feminine softness. But Madame Prada could never allow her collection to just solely rely on femininity to look good. Underneath the prettiness lies a strong sense of vintage intensity. The graphic socks and over the top shades, and shoes give off the impression that this woman is soft and sensitive, yet dominant and completely capable of fending for herself. A staple Miuccia has spent perfecting.

Mary Katrantzou Pre-fall 2017

Photo: Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantantzou has been passed the torch that was given to many a designer. Like Dries Van Noten, Christian Lacroix, Anna Sui, and Hanae Mori before her, Katrantzou now holds the title as the grand poobah of print designers. This pre-season collection saw the designer create a collection heavily based on different jewel toned prints. The most beautiful of the bunch is this stunning paisley print that almost leans towards a Mediterranean style of design seen in ancient Greece. However, there’s absolutely nothing ancient about this look. Between the beautiful royal blue suit and stole, the entire look screams modern elegance. A redefining moment for the modern woman’s power suit.

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2018

Photo: Vogue Runway

Nicolas Ghesquiere has been turning out fashion forward it-girl style since his early days in fashion. Recently, his endeavours at historic french powerhouse Louis Vuitton have produced some of his most successful and celebrated collections to date. For his cruise 2018 collection. Ghesquiere took Vuitton to Japan. Where he showcased his stunning collection against the backdrop of a mountainside museum.  The collection employed heavy use of texture to create layers and depth throughout the collection. One of the most stunning pieces in the collection came in the form of an oversized sleeve blazer worn over a crisp white shirt and matching shirts. Now the look isn’t the most elaborate in the collection, but it’s in its simplicity that you find the beauty. The simple amplification of an office staple creates a modern take on something every day; like finding the beauty in the mundane.

Jason Wu Pre-fall 2017

Photo: Jason Wu

The standard office uniform can sometimes feel like a coffin rather a form of personal self-expression.  Luckily at Jason Wu pre-fall 2017, the modern woman is finally given some standout options. Take this beautiful two piece ensemble. The pinstriping adds a faint hint of rigidness to an overall relaxed office look. The beautifully soft draping of the fabric along the waist adds shape and excitement to the look, while the simple wide legged pant adds and even more relaxed look to the ensemble, yet it never manages to lose its importance or elegance.

 

Australia Resort 2018: The Highlights

Australia is a paradise of sun, sand, flora, and fauna, but did you know that the land down under also doubles as a fashion lover’s paradise? Ir’s true! As each season rolls by, it seems that Australian fashion week is quickly becoming a fashion powerhouse, with strong brands having spent years headlining the week and countless young brands growing into local fashion staples just as quickly as they burst onto the fashion scene.

Akle

Photo: Vogue Australia

Part of Australia’s Innovators showcase, Akle represents one of Australia’s many upcoming talents, and for good reason. Heavy knitwear is one of the hardest materials to create something elegant out of. However, at Akle, elegance came naturally in the form of a long boat neck knitted dress that paired the fun aspect of a patterned crochet kit with the edginess of a plaid bustier overlay. It allowed the look to take on a multifunctional (carrying the wearer from daytime events to evening ones without losing charm) and more impressive persona than a regular body-con stretch-knit dress.

Bec & Bridge

Photo: Lucas Dawson Photography

It seems that ’90s influences are one thing the fashion world refuses to let go of. At Bec & Bridge, the ’90s influence seemed to be discreetly sprinkled here and there. Take this sexy ensemble here for example. Everyone remembers that boxy black pinstripe suit every man and woman had laying around in their closet. And to dive even further, nothing says ’90s like a crisp white shirt menacingly slipping out from the sleeves and collar of a suit. In fact, there may even be a Mc Lyte music video that has the rapper dancing about in a black suit and bright white shirt. However, this look takes away everything that went horribly wrong in terms of fit and sizing during the ’90s and filters the essence of the decade into something far more modern and appropriate for today’s fashion connoisseur. The pairing of the leather skirt with the almost corset like long sleeve blouse infuses the look with a modern sexiness that conjures up comparisons to some of the modern fashion world’s kings of sexy like Vaccarello and Vauthier.

We Are Kindred

Photo: Vogue Australia

A long time ago in the fashion world, John Galliano flipped the script on what sexy could be. He took a simple idea, flouncy fabric, a bias cut, and a 1930s silhouette and created one of the most overlooked and underrated phenomena’s in fashion history. Forget streetwear or embroidered denim. The ’30s siren vixen dress has probably walked the runway more times than any new trend combined. However, there are ways to pull it off, and there are ways to crash and burn with this particular style. At We Are Kindred, the flouncy ’30s dress was in full swing, and they were as perfect and sexy as they were when Galliano sent them down the runway all those years ago. For this look, a soft bodysuit is paired in periwinkle florals with a stunning dress/robe hybrid that looks far more appropriate as a daytime stunner than a boudoir robe.

Bianca Spender

Photo: Vogue Australia

What would the fashion world be without gowns? Dressmaking really is the cornerstone of the fashion industry. So when a designer hits the jackpot on a gown, it’s something to really celebrate. At Bianca Spender‘s 2018 resort show, a group of gowns walked the runway with this one being the most eye-catching and lovely of the bunch. The simple combination of white, silvery grey, and copper in the fabric’s print swirl in a pattern that almost looks animalistic in nature. But that isn’t the only thing that makes this dress so stunning, the draped silhouette and sheen of the fabric itself add a sense of movement to the dress that is rarely seen outside of the couture world.

Macgraw

Photo: Vogue Australia

What is it about the Edwardian age that keeps drawing designers back to it for inspiration these days? Is it the elegantly high collars and long sleeves, or maybe it’s the notion of being able to alter clothing once meant to oppress women and turning into something sexy, modern, and expressive. At Macgraw resort, the uptight 1900’s woman was given a playfully devilish makeover with mini dresses, high waisted shorts, sequins, sheer fabrics, and an injection of mischievousness that take your great-great grandmother’s clothes from mother goose to sexy siren in one fell swoop. One of the standout looks from the show is this playful mini dress. The playfully innocent swan motif print pair beautifully with the dark and light contrast of the collar and ribbon around the neck. The bell sleeve of the dress also give the dress a modern playfulyness that’s completely relevant and on trend with today’s fashion scene.

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