The Resort season remains one of the longest and most diverse on the fashion calendar. For some brands, it’s an opportunity to reiterate what happened on the Fall runways. For others, it’s a chance to offer a holiday wardrobe of sparkly cocktailwear. Yet more see it as the opportunity to redefine a brand’s core offering. A few others paint Resort as a season of experimentation, for new ideas and wild silhouettes.
What does this mean for trends? A smattering of new propositions that cover silhouette, print, and styling tricks. Here, we’re showcasing the eight that caught our eye. Keep a close watch on the upcoming Spring 2019 collections to see if they take hold.
Led by Nicolas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton, the notion of layering a structured blazer or vest over a romantically easy dress is the one dominating the Resort season. Consider it a practical marriage of recent suiting trends and the current fad for elegantly ladylike dresses—a masculine-feminine proposition for the future.
The Resort season used to serve the jet-set, who needed fabulous wardrobes for their travels. The spirit of the season might have changed (see above), but a handful of designers from Joseph Altuzarra to Olivier Rousteing at Balmain are recapturing the spirit of travel with far-flung-destination prints.
Modest dressing is having its moment, and thanks to Jil Sander and Gabriela Hearst, it doesn’t have to be boring. Whether in bold stripes or dramatic patterns, a maxi dress or loose pants with a coat can be just as fun as a sparkly mini. Consider this a case of more is more.
Surfer Girls in Spirit
Menswear is experiencing a beachwear renaissance, and the idea has infiltrated the women’s Resort collections. You can feel the surfer vibes in Prabal Gurung and Pringle of Scotland’s groovy tie-dyes; Michael Kors’s and Tory Burch’s loose beachy separates; and all the neon swimwear from Victor Glemaud and Isola Marras. Just add water.
The Long and Short of It
Resort’s proportion play takes statement outerwear and mixes it up with some truly short shorts. Spotted at Rachel Comey and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, the twisted silhouette has legs—really.
We’re chalking up Resort’s many base layers up to the influence of the young upstart Marine Serre, whose semi-sheer catsuits have become street style fodder. At Off-White, Virgil Abloh imagined delicate florals on a second-skin layer while Clare Waight Keller styled some thin turtlenecks under her Givenchy gowns. The message is clear: For an outfit to really leave a mark, you need a good base.
Mod for Prints
The ’60s swirling prints are staging a comeback. Miuccia Prada served up some trippy florals while both Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo resurrected some archival scarf prints that harken back to the days of Jackie O.
Lingerie dressing is nothing new, but in the hands of Paco Rabanne’s Julien Dossena and Chloé’s Natacha Ramsay-Levi, it’s taken on a decidedly tougher spin. These are not just little pretty things, but rather dresses for strong women spliced with a touch of lace. Extra points go to Ramsay-Levi for cutting her lace insets in the shape of Chloé’s signature horses.