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Resort ’15: Our Top 20 Accessories

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071014_Now_Trending_Resort_Accessories_blogAnyone who’s been through the Resort ringer or brushing up on our trend reports recognizes the season’s commercial significance. Pre-Spring is time to shine when it comes to sales, and we witnessed savvy brands amping up their accessories offerings this year—because at the end of the day, most customers would still rather invest in a timeless bag or a terrific pair of shoes than blow their budget on a fancy cocktail dress they’ll only break out occasionally. This summer, the editors here at Style.com have all but sworn off our heels in favor of still-trendy sneakers or casual flats, and so we got a kick out of the down-to-earth gladiators (much easier than the towering styles made popular two years ago) from the likes of Miu Miu, Valentino, and Sacai Luck. Similarly, the latest lineups from Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim both featured knee-high, lace-up desert boots ideal for stomping on city sidewalks. Elsewhere, Nicolas Ghesquière earned extra credit for his Cruise extras spotted on the Louis Vuitton runway in Monaco. Highlights here included the monogrammed Petite Malle bag, which was updated with a chain-link handle. Among this season’s other fresh accessories propositions were Reed Krakoff’s new RK40 satchel, which was a bona fide hit at his recent presentation; Stella McCartney’s bejeweled wooden clutches; and Gucci’s killer go-go boots. Of course, we couldn’t resist the novelty factor of Giles’ playful stegosaurus purse and Jeremy Scott’s “This Is Not a Moschino T-Shirt” moment.

Click here for a slideshow of twenty of our favorite Resort ’15 accessories.

The Top Models From Resort ’15

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Resort’s significance has grown across the board. For models, the season has become a particularly important platform for exposure outside of the standard ready-to-wear runways. During the busy summer months, many in-demand girls juggle shooting Pre-Spring lookbooks, advertising campaigns, and glossy editorials at once—in addition to jetting to far-flung destinations like Dubai or Monaco for big-budget brands’ Cruise shows. Here at Style.com, we’ve been keeping tabs—as usual—on models’ respective Resort performances. In general, the season was dominated by fresh-faced blonds like Lexi Boling, Harleth Kuusik, Nastya Sten, and Manuela Frey, who each made nine or more Resort appearances in lookbooks or on the catwalks. Tomboyish brunettes Mijo Mihaljcic and Waleska Gorczevski were hot on their heels with seven Resort cameos apiece. Meanwhile, we couldn’t get enough of spunky Binx Walton, who posed for Balmain and Fendi, among others, and Jamie Bochert—the Style.com/Print cover star turned up at The Row, Lanvin, and Emanuel Ungaro.

Below, we’ve tallied Resort’s nine most in-demand models.

Name: Nastya Sten (THE SOCIETY), above left
Total Resort Appearances: 9
Resort Highlights: Chanel (runway), Bottega Veneta, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Jil Sander, Prabal Gurung, Kenzo, Marc by Marc Jacobs

Name: Harleth Kuusik (THE SOCIETY), above center
Total Resort Appearances: 10
Resort Highlights: Dior (runway), Louis Vuitton (runway), Calvin Klein Collection (runway), Miu Miu (runway), Valentino, Jason Wu, Derek Lam

Name: Maja Salamon (NEXT), above right
Total Resort Appearances: 9
Resort Highlights: Louis Vuitton (runway), Calvin Klein Collection (runway), Miu Miu (runway), Giambattista Valli, Donna Karan, Diesel Black Gold

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Name: Lexi Boling (FORD), left
Total Resort Appearances: 7
Resort Highlights: Prada (runway), Dior (runway), Miu Miu (runway), Balenciaga (runway), Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen

Name: Charlene Högger (ELITE PARIS), center
Total Resort Appearances: 6
Resort Highlights: Emilio Pucci, Mugler, Richard Nicoll, McQ, Mulberry

Name: Manuela Frey (THE SOCIETY), right
Total Resort Appearances: 9
Resort Highlights: Dior (runway), Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Kenzo, Maiyet, Julien David

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Name: Mijo Mihaljcic (IMG), left
Total Resort Appearances: 7
Resort Highlights: Chanel (runway), Louis Vuitton (runway), Balenciaga (runway), Altuzarra, Chloé, Narciso Rodriguez

Name: Waleska Gorczevski (DNA), center
Total Resort Appearances: 7
Resort Highlights: Dior (runway), Ralph Lauren (runway), Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, Suno, Trademark

Name: Katlin Aas (IMG), right
Total Resort Appearances: 7
Resort Highlights: Dior (runway), Balenciaga (runway), Bottega Veneta, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Public School, Diane von Furstenberg

Photos: Courtesy Photos

With Sea Creatures and Sixties Shapes, Elle Sasson Strikes a Balance

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Amid the craziness of the ever-expanding Resort season it’s refreshing to see a designer actually focus on the “resort” aspect of it all. Elle Sasson’s first foray into Pre-Spring is about as vacation-ready as it gets. Sasson, the daughter of eighties denim proprietor Maurice Sasson, has only been showing her label since Spring ’14, but she’s already been picked up by major retailers like Shopbop.com thanks to her razor-sharp focus. Her Resort outing, which includes cotton-eyelet separates, intricate fish embellishments, and tropical macaw prints, was inspired by David Hockney’s Portait of an Artist, circa 1972. “I was attracted to the colors he used and decided to incorporate the blues from the water and the orange from the man’s jacket, and I made a print out of the green leaves,” Sasson told Style.com. “Since I love animals, I added colorful parrots as I imagined them flying in the blue sky, and from there the fish came into the collection as well.” Rather than design another print, she placed beaded, jewel-like fish on miniskirts and silk blouses. One of her best dresses, an open-back chambray frock with folksy embroidery and a fringed hem, feels Saint-Tropez boho-luxe in the best way.

Elle Sasson

Minimal shapes provide a smart balance to Sasson’s shimmering sea creatures and coral prints. “I love the silhouettes from the sixties and seventies, and that’s definitely reflected in all of my collections,” she said. “I appreciate more simple silhouettes that are a bit structured and will complement the prints and embroideries.”

Next up for Sasson is her Spring ’15 collection, which will see her expand her knitwear range and try her hand at—what else?—denim. Like father, like daughter, Sasson is certainly one to watch.

Photos: Courtesy Photos

VPL Relaunches to Join the Activewear Revolution

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The line between activewear and ready-to-wear continues to blur—but this isn’t news to Victoria Bartlett. The designer has championed “active fashion” for years at VPL, and for Resort ’15, she’s taking it one step further. “We’ve converted the line to a fashion active [label], so I wanted to illustrate this active moment and what it’s designed for,” she said. Bartlett teamed up with The Ballerina Project to film dancers performing in her new clothes to display the fluid, performance-based qualities. Four of the seven videos that comprise the “lookbook” debut exclusively here.

“I wanted to take out the traditional context of lookbooks and make the looks customized for each mini performance,” Bartlett explained. “It was about seeing the clothes in motion, which is an important aspect of the entire collection.” The collection’s strengths come from Bartlett’s years of experience designing active clothing. “We always work with anti-wicking, antioxidant materials, and meshing for breathability. Some pieces are fitted with holding entities, and then there are looser pieces, which move differently in the films,” she explained.

In soft shades of lemon yellow, gray, steel blue, oyster, and black—slightly “off” colors, as Bartlett says—the clothes are devoid of logos, ticking stripes, and other activewear hallmarks. All the better to look and feel more like real clothes. “It’s this concept of a double shelf life, where you can wear these to exercise, then wear them out. Women want to look good and feel good now, and there’s kind of a revolution happening.” Bartlett envisions women sporting her clothes for nontraditional activities far from the standard gym setting. Her personal favorites: “I do Physique 57, yoga, Barry’s studio, some trampolining…” So now you’ve got an excuse to ditch the elliptical and go shopping.

For more information, visit vplnyc.com.

Film by Dane Shitagi at Ballerina Project; Music from the album Last Summer by Eleanor Friedberger, used with permission by Merge Records; Ballerina : Cassie Trenary – American Ballet Theater; Ballerina : Hanna Bass – ABT Studio Company

Resort ’15: Newcomer Ji Oh’s Killer Pants Are a Cut Above the Rest

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ji-ohJi Oh is a name you’re sure to hear more of in the future. After making waves with her debut Fall ’14 outing, which was grounded in minimalist basics and androgynous tailoring, the Korean-born, New York-based designer continued to impress with her sophomore Resort lineup. Riffing on the idea of school uniforms, the emerging talent showed no-frills separates, such as a crisp blue button-up teamed with a knife-pleated miniskirt that would satisfy most private school dress codes. Ditto for a trompe l’oeil-effect number that gave the impression of a white shirt tucked into a slim pencil skirt. While those preppy looks had schoolgirl appeal in spades, the new collection was more about offering sophisticated staples with a clever twist for the modern woman’s everyday wardrobe. The Parsons grad knows how to cut a killer pair of pants, and her instinct for fit and quality construction belie her newcomer status. Among the winners here were skinny stovepipes with sporty zipper openings at the ankles; more-relaxed cropped trousers; and flat-front, high-waisted flares—each style more flattering than the next. Those standout pants mixed in seamlessly with decidedly un-trendy essentials, including languid trenches (which had the same swing in both lightweight wool and white leather), refined tees, and sharp shorts suits. “Above all, everything has to be effortless,” said Oh at a preview. Simply put: The up-and-comer’s taste level is already off the charts, and early retail support (she’s carried by the likes of Intermix, Satine, and The Webster) further proves that this young designer is one to watch.

To see Ji Oh’s full Resort ’15 collection ($350 to $1,950), visit jiohny.com .

Photo: Courtesy of Ji Oh