For Resort, Jill Stuart envisioned "a sophisticated tomboy with
her golden, toned body melting under the sun," she said at a studio
preview. A "cruise" outing in the truest sense, the new collection
was full of breezy, lightweight fabrics such as crisp cottons, washed
chambrays, and soft linens ideal for a vacation getaway or balmy
days—that explains why Stuart couldn't wait to re-create the new samples for her own summer wardrobe.
While the contemporary designer is best known for her ultra-girly
wares, she struck a cleaner, more grown-up note here with standouts
including a boxy poplin camp shirt paired with matching cuffed shorts,
and faded indigo surplus jumpsuits. Those comparatively casual pieces
ultimately felt fresher than Stuart's signature frilly baby dolls, but she certainly didn't abandon femininity. The clingy knit bodysuits layered underneath several looks added a sleek yet sexy edge to the mix, as did borrowed-from-the-beau button-ups in pinstriped silk and
a black cutout bra top styled with a pareo-like wrap skirt. All
in all, the lineup scored points for its relative restraint and
suggested that Stuart is headed in a promisingly pared-down direction.