May 30, 2013 New York
St. John's senior vice president of design, Greg Myler, has been spending a lot of time in Los Angeles lately, soaking up the city's architecture and local artists like Tomory Dodge. Dodge's abstract, bold-hued paintings inspired the color palette of the label's new Resort collection, and the sleek curves of Frank Gehry's buildings and the historic TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard influenced its silhouettes. The lineup featured energetic monochromatic outfits like an easy silk blouse and classic-fit trousers done in head-to-toe chartreuse, as well as a hibiscus-colored peplum top and matching cropped pants. Myler explained that St. John's customers typically "have full social lives—particularly around holiday delivery time—so they need options that can be dressed up or down." Keeping that in mind, he styled a long knit vest several ways for day or evening. The versatile piece looked equally modern paired with a crisp button-up or worn as a tunic with a bejeweled belt. The cape silhouettes (a sporty bomber jacket hybrid and a dramatic tuxedo-inspired number) were definite high points, and we also liked the look of a sequined lace jacket and a knee-length tulle shift. For the most part, St. John caters to a relatively mature crowd, but you could picture both Kasia Struss (the 25-year-old lookbook model) and a mom who's "still got it" in many of these looks.