Monday, July 19, 2010

Forward Motion

One question planted in my mind as I made my way through the Resort 2011 collections. When will this season be given a new name? There has been talk throughout the industry about whether the term Resort represents the feel of this season. With more extensive presentations, as well as elaborate runway shows from the likes of Chanel, Dior and Oscar de la Renta, one has to wonder if the season has grown beyond the confines of its name.

What the name will be, or if it will ever be changed, are questions that I don’t have answers for. It's possible that the term Resort could remain attached to the season forever. A vestigial organ with no real meaning. A marker. A placeholder.

But as the name remains the same, the season itself continues to transform. Even from last year to this year, you can see the further eradication of those things that once defined this space between deep winter and early spring. The larger and more established houses, as well as a smattering of other brands, relied more on the history. They did, of course, play with threads from the previous season and, most likely, from the season to come. But these were mostly clothes for those who spend the harsh winters lounging on various stretches of the Mediterranean coast. Women who spend winter days in shoe-optional environments.

At Chanel

At Diane von Furstenberg

At Jason Wu

At Vena Cava

At Louis Vuitton

At Emilio Pucci

At Lanvin

At Monique Lhuillier

At Isaac Mizrahi

At Akris

At Salvatore Ferragamo

For those not jetting off to warmer destinations, there was much to choose from and be inspired by. The majority of the labels used the season as an incubator for themes to come or as an extension of things that had passed.

At Burberry Prorsum

At Thakoon

At Daryl K

At Tibi

At Donna Karan

At Marc Jacobs

At Erdem

At Alexander McQueen

At Chado Ralph Rucci

At Giles

At Chris Benz

At Roksanda Ilincic

At Giambattista Valli

At Céline

At Proenza Schouler

At Rag & Bone

At Rachel Roy

At Organic by John Patrick

The clothes were almost seasonless. Able to be worn anytime of year and not just in the no man's land of Resort.

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