Whenever the new collections come out I normally pick a couple that I really like and write a lengthy post just on the brilliance of that one collection. This sometimes frustrates me because there are so many amazing collections that I would love to write about...I just don't have the time to write a lengthy testament to all of them. However, I recently found a way to write about multiple collections in one post. I'll do this from now on (unless it's a very special collection). Welcome to the top 10! In no particular order I will introduce and briefly describe ten of my favorite collections of the season. Who were yours?
Givenchy Resort 2013. I've already discussed my love for Riccardo Tisci's resort collection for Givenchy, but there couldn't be a top ten without it. Tisci drew inspiration from the gypsy this season; however instead of the bohemian looks that normally come with that inspiration Tisci combined the colorful paisley prints with geometric black and white shapes. The colliding bohemian gypsy and edgy sharp aesthetics were seen throughout the collection. Where there was a romantic looking cape, there was also the slouchy sarouel pant. A warm red toned paisly print piece was always paired with a tailored button down. The collision of these two aspects created a unique and attractive collection for Givenchy this season. I love it.
Marc Jacobs Resort 2013: It would appear that the inspiration behind Marc Jacob's resort collection this season was Cindy Sherman's clown series. The collection featured looks that had a very costume like aesthetic with either over sized or shrunken pieces, a clash of polka dot, floral and striped prints, and huge rhinestone detailed platform sandals. These aspects of the collection only provided Jacobs with a fun, youthful feeling collection. One that we have not seen from him in quite a few seasons. And what is resort wear without any fun in it?
Peter Pilotto Resort 2013: Peter Pilotto has quickly become one of my favorite British designers. Season after season he produces the most amazing colorful prints on brilliantly structured clothing and his resort collection is no exception. Like Marc Jacobs, Pilotto's collection had a fun and youthful feeling. Warm tropical colors were zig zagged, mixed and matched on slim fit tailored pants, body con dresses and fitted jackets. Out of all the collections I've seen this season this one definitely embodies the feeling of "resort" the most.
Alexander McQueen 2013: Alexander McQueen's collections are known for their avant-gard almost couture like ensembles and although toned down a bit for resort, the elements of a McQueen collection are still definitely there. Sarah Burton designed a few amazing dark, gold detailed gowns as well as many futuristic looking suits. The suits almost look like their made of metal and feature a large circular central piece that make the model almost look robotic. If this could be a preview for what's to come for spring 2013 then I can't wait.
Valentino Resort 2013: "...and the bride wore Valentino." Looking through Valentino's resort collection I came to the conclusion that I need to wear him if I ever do wed. For resort Valentino produced a multitude of romantic lightly colored gowns, colorful lace jumpsuits and beautifully detailed summer dresses. I can imagine wearing any look from this collection at a lovely picnic in Versailles. Obviously, I wish I could own all of these pieces.
Gucci Resort 2013: It seems that Gucci's new Flora perfume may have taken a more physical form in Frida Giannini's Gucci resort collection. The look book concept was definitely my favorite of the season. I loved the spring like flower bush in the background. I also loved the flower details incorporated into so many of the pieces. It flowed so perfectly. My favorite look of all, however, is the seventies inspired bubble gum pink suit. I like that Giannini chose to flair her suit pants instead of have them slim fit like so many of the other collections this season. Another hit for Gucci.
J. Mendel Resort 2013: J. Mendel's fall and spring collections always feature beautifully draped gowns and handsome furs. The gowns and furs were still in his resort collection, however most of the collection featured more casual, ready-to-wear pieces, which I really enjoyed. It was nice to see a gold metallic body con dress and an extravagant flowy gown work so well together in one collection.
Theirry Mugler Resort 2013: Theirry Mugler's resort collection lacked in color, but over it definitely compensated with wonderfully structured almost architectural like pieces. Like Alexander McQueen's resort collection, Nicola Formichetti's designs for Mugler had a futuristic like feeling and maybe a Star Wars inspiration was in there. These ensembles look like they could be worn on a space ship. Maybe one day they will be!
As you'll notice there are actually only 9 collections discussed in this post. The last one will be the readers decision. What were your favorite collections for resort?