Every season, St. John
re-examines its long-standing relationship with American sportswear. For Resort, creative director George Sharp focused on the juxtaposition of contrasting silhouettes. Gesturing at the mix of relaxed and narrow shapes, he said, "Tension is what drives fashion." A flouncy zipped peplum sweater paired with a slim pencil skirt, for example, was on trend in monochromatic "orchid" pink, while a boxy red capelet looked streamlined with slim, ankle-grazing trousers. There was also a classic nautical theme (bateau stripes are always a best seller for the label) evident in knit blazers and the slouchy, menswear-inspired "garçons" pant.
For evening, there were two standouts. The first was a long black gown with bat-wing sleeves and a high slit—"doesn't she look like Richard Avedon's Dovima in it?" Sharp asked, pointing to lookbook model Bruna Tenorio. The second was an allover sequin number with a collarbone-highlighting boat neck and scrunched sleeves that Tenorio liked so much, she asked to borrow it for her upcoming birthday party. The dress was indeed great on the soon-to-be 23-year-old, but you could also picture a more mature customer looking equally statuesque in the clothes here.