"She's exploring her sexier side," said Wren designer Melissa Coker of her girl's Resort wardrobe. Sexy means different things to different people, and for Coker, an Empire Records-inspired cropped striped turtleneck and matching pencil skirt does the trick. Gamine goes a long way for this designer, and the most resort-y part of the collection—a set of red-white-and-blue-striped silk separates in playful, yacht-appropriate silhouettes—referenced the colors of the 1965 Godard classic Pierrot le Fou.

Coker generally loves pairing leopard with neutrals. But this season she made them one and the same, giving the classic print an abstract feel in black-and-taupe trousers and a black-and-cobalt peplum top.

Resort arrives in stores just in time for New Year's, and buyers—including new client Neiman Marcus—go gangbusters for Coker's pretty party dresses. The skater version with a lamé brocade skirt and gold pindot top is ready to be worn with a pair of 2014 sunglasses, while the solid brocade shift, paired with a matching faux fur-accented coat, only requires a glass of champagne.