Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Showing Resort a Little Love

I wasn't even sure if I was going to talk about all the lovely fashion week collections for resort season, but then I remembered that there isn't anything else that fascinating going on in my life right now, so hey, why not?  Poor resort, it's kind of the middle child of fashion; Spring and Fall get all the love. Then again, Spring and Fall are usually infinitely more interesting. Oh well, let's see what's new on the catwalk lately.


Thakoon Resort 2013
So, an interesting thing happened to me while I was looking at Thakoon's resort collection. I could actually picture myself in these clothes. It's so rare that I look at a resort collection and genuinely think "Hey, that would be cute to wear on vacation!". I think a big part of the appeal for me was the color palette; I'm as gaga for turquoise as everyone else is right now. The photographer in me instantly thought about how these colors would look against a backdrop of the ocean, or of a cute seaside resort. Basically, the clothes are cute and actually wearable.  And I just may have to try crafting the above dress myself, if I can find a couple of cheap thrift store dresses to sacrifice to the fashion experimentation gods.

Thakoon Resort 2013
Exhibit B. I love the stripes, especially the use of whatever we want to call that color- orange sherbet? It's not a cliche nautical red or blue stripe. It's not done-to-death color blocking. It's pastel and fun without being too sickly sweet. It's basically the perfect little summer dress. Although the neckline is a little high for my own taste, this is a dress that would genuinely work on most body types- another catwalk rarity!

Thakoon Resort 2013

I really wish I could see the rest of that dress, but I really like this pairing! It's quirky, but it's wearable. It doesn't feel over-designed or overstyled, it's an outfit you can believe that some fashion-conscious girl put together out of her closet. And I love the way the sleeves are pushed up a bit to let some of the dress sleeves peek out. Delicious.

3.1 Philip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2013
I don't have anything interesting to say about 3.1 Philip Lim except "Hey, look!  He did leather overalls." Please don't let this become a thing, fashion.  Thanks.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen Resort 2013

You know I'm always going to have something to say about McQueen.  I still detest Sarah Burton. I've tried to be objective, looking at the clothes as if it was some designer I'd never heard of, rather than someone attempting to live up to the McQueen name, but still, I don't like her stuff. This collection was a mixture of snoozefest boring and atrocities like the outfit above. I need scientists to figure out how to bring back the dead just so Alexander McQueen can pick back up the reins and put the brand back on track.  Even Zombie McQueen could do better than Burton.

Alexander McQueen Resort 2013
Although I will admit to kinda liking this gown.  I like dragonflies, okay?

Altuzarra Resort 2013
Someone needs to take the glue gun away from the Altuzarra designers immediately.

Barbara Bui Resort 2013
I liked this Barbara Bui dress, even though the rest of the collection didn't do much for me. I can't imagine the kind of fans they had on that poor model to get the hair she has in the photos.

Resort so far: Lots of garden inspiration, still some designers trying to make Western/cowboy type things happen, and a few clinging to the color blocking train a little too long.

More soon!

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