8 posts tagged "Resort"
Style.com editors were dreaming of color this week, and it showed in our Look of the Day polls. Blame it on Marina Larroudé’s recent rainbow-themed shopping story or even the World Cup, with all the face-painted fans, neon soccer (I mean, football) jerseys, and waving flags from every corner of the globe. In fact, that bold, international spirit inspired Tuesday’s Look of the Day: M Missoni’s crocheted dress featuring Jamaica’s national colors took home the most votes. A close second was Zero + Maria Cornejo’s cobalt, citron, and green color-blocked ensemble, which was inspired by the Brazilian flag. On Thursday, we explored graphic Resort stripes. In Technicolor hues and eye-catching patterns—like Valentino’s winning zigzag dress, pictured above—they’re a fresh alternative to your basic nautical motif. Other trends on our mind this week? Daisy prints, bucket hats, and so much more. Click here for all the winning looks, and check back next week for our latest obsessions.
This August marks the 45th anniversary of Woodstock. Tie-dyed T-shirts have remained a mainstay for jam-band fans and festivalgoers ever since. But the Resort ’15 collections are shaking the psychedelic swirls from their hippie-dippy connotations. Designers including Michael Kors, Fausto Puglisi, and Burberry Prorsum’s Christopher Bailey gave dip-dyed looks a sophisticated rinse-and-spin—Kors’ wisteria leather bell-bottoms are already at the top of editors’ wish lists. At Bottega Veneta, Tomas Maier experimented with bleach effects on long T-shirt dresses, while Gucci’s Frida Giannini showed a cool, faded cable-knit pullover and matching stonewashed jeans. Even Alexander Wang gave the emerging trend his stamp of approval, proposing tie-dye as the downtown alternative to camouflage.
Here, a slideshow of our favorite new tie-dyed looks.
For their debut Resort collection at Apiece Apart, designers Laura Cramer and Starr Hout stuck to their earthy utilitarian core. “She may just be the woman who is in one place but looking to travel through the clothing,” Cramer said of the contemporary they envisioned sliding into their wide-legged cropped silk trousers; Peruvian-woven sleeved ponchos; and jacquard printed, midi-length column skirts and matching printed crop tops.
In other words, the Apiece Apart Resort woman isn’t so much a Capri-bound jet-setter as a very busy but imaginative careerist dreaming of a life that includes the solitude of Capri moments—and because she never quite leaves her commitment-filled existence in Brooklyn or Seattle or wherever she may be, there’s a practicality that underlines the base of her between-season attire. The (as usual) print-heavy collection was inspired by Cy Twombly’s studio in Rome in the 1960s. “I think it was something about the kind of archaic, beautiful classical columns meeting something really fresh and abstract [in Twombly's work],” explained Cramer. “So the new meets the old, and the decadent meets the really put-together. We had a lot of ideas of ‘who is this woman on the streets of Rome?’”
Circular, deep maroon and warm navy geometric prints were pulled from the tiles in Twombly’s studio and placed on column-shaped (direct references to the classical Roman architecture) dresses and midi skirts. Cotton and cotton blends dominated the range. (“Our woman likes to wash her pieces herself,” quipped Cramer). Denim was also a focus—a simple, collarless shirtdress with a clean, three-quarter-length sleeve is proving a big seller with buyers already. (“Just a more grown-up look for a shirtdress,” noted Cramer.) Cloudy sky blue denim separates—more column skirts and oversize, almost sculptural shirts in cuts appropriate for the office—were enviable for their wearability, as well. “We want to go very democratic. We do want to be for everyone, and we’ve always said intergenerational dressing is very important to us,” said Cramer. There’s nothing overtly conceptual here—just simple, creative professional prints and chambray basics—but that’s never the focus for Cramer and Hout.
Objects Without Meaning designer Alexandra Michelle has quietly stepped up to the plate. The Australian, who moved to Los Angeles in 2005, launched OWM in 2011 while still manning her high-end childrenswear brand, ESP No. 1. (She says it’s “winding down” now, but the website is worth taking a look at if you get a kick out of super-hip kids clothes.) Michelle, who was a womenswear designer for mass retailers in a previous life, started OWM as a denim line. The Boy Zip—a cropped, stretch-free jean with a strategically placed back yoke—has become a favorite with market editors and bloggers alike. “It was hard the first season, persuading women to wear jeans without stretch,” Michelle said. “But I’ve won them over. It’s awesome to see real girls talking about them on Instagram.”
Since then, Michelle has expanded into dresses and separates, enlisting artist-director Mike Mills, whom she had collaborated with on a past film project, to design a print for her Fall 2014 collection. Mills’ wife, Miranda July, modeled for the lookbook. (And to add even more starlight to the whole production: Kim Gordon, arguably the most validating celebrity endorsement an indie designer can get, is a fan.)
While Resort repeats some of the silhouettes that have performed well for OWM early on—including a boxy jumpsuit in a custom zigzaggy print (pictured, below) and a waisted slipdress that flatters instead of conceals curves—there are new elements, too. A tiered dress in a blown-up orchid print (pictured), for instance, is a bit fancier than what Michelle has done previously. “I’ve added more feminine shapes, but they’re still effortless,” she said. The designer also enlisted YZ PLZ, a brand-new jewelry line out of L.A., to create chunky ceramic necklaces. The end result makes for a solid entrance into the world of Resort, helping to further establish the Objects Without Meaning ethos. “I wanted it to be a bit more playful, but keep things minimal and simple,” Michelle said. “I always think less is more, right?”
Ji 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