The weather in London feels utterly wrong to be looking at resort collections but be as it may, it is time for that. Really, it's a constant downpour of rain and no sunshine in sight. Browsing through looks appropriate for holidaying in Monaco or St Tropez is a bit of a slap in the face. But, no one in the history of the world has moved to London for the weather so we have to brave it up. In a way what we've seen at least made us feel nice inside - maybe whoever is in charge of the weather will catch up with fashion and it'll be nice on the outside too. We saw the materials become more technical while shapes drifted away from sporty features to the more refined and feminine. There were a lot of colours, prints and materials mixed together so at times things felt very cluttered but we found plenty to lust after. All images through style.com
unless stated otherwise. A definite favourite was DKNY
that stepped up with some super clean looks. Our minds were put at ease just like that. DKNY goes pretty much the opposite way from everyone else. The collection was chic yet casual, soft but powerful. The classic black, white and navy got a much appreciated pink injection - a bit of bonbon and a super bright fuchsia infusion. The mix of gently flowing fabrics perfect for resort combined with textures and fringe details all juxtaposed perfectly. Bonus points for iridescent shoes. Pictures via WDD
Nicolas Ghesquière's second collection as creative director at Louis Vuitton
saw him find his ground. It didn't take him much to sell it to us - his runway featured an animated film of underwater plants. Think of our lenticular bags
! The aquatic theme was highlighted with coral prints and embroidered details and fitting for Monaco, Formula One was referenced with leather jackets and checkered flag inspired dresses. In the collage were also iridescent materials, variety of textures and a crazy combination of prints. We're also nowhere near done with pastels - his soft lemon and pink hues on the demure shapes taking from high societies of the 70s were spot on.
After their supermarket catwalk in March, Lagerfeld takes Chanel
Cruise to Dubai where the super rich are waiting to buy. When others are looking at the 70s for inspiration, Lagerfeld goes a bit further into the 60s and then all the way to Paul Poiret for shapes. The collection was his idea of 'a romantic, modern Orient, a new One Thousand and One Nights
’. Everything from prints to the traditional tweed had an Eastern spin. The flowing materials, metallic looks, embroidered details and embellishments were almost too literally catered for the Eastern markets but the collection didn't build on stereotypes. It was all done with an elegant Chanel touch. Hands down, Chanel had the best hair and their half moon hair accessories will become a mandatory component in many of our personal looks to come. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel
tells story with the collection named "Urban Poetry". The lookbook shot on Left Bank in Paris, it features the perfect backdrop to combine poetry and city life. The garments do much of the same - the kinda pastels that make you think of Ladurée, pleats and ruffles against nylon, leopard print and iridescent flatforms. Silky shirts and daisy prints worked well with structured jackets and colour blocked dresses. The cheeky slogans knitted on sweaters are still made to feel fresh. Compared to past collections, it looked more grown up but in a twenty something I-still-intend-to-have-a-lot-of-fun kinda way.
What's your take?