by Anjori Grover Vasesi
18-June-2018 | 7 mins read
Resort has come to be known as the filler season which is also a strange season. With no set schedule, designers generally unveil their collections anytime between their Fall/Winter and Spring/ Summer collections. In their earlier years, it wasn’t known what kind of market or climate these shows cater to but over time with subtle hints of vacation, comfort and loungewear have emerged as strong driving forces. Also, there is no fixed venue for these shows as the majority of the designers release catalogue shoots to present their collections.
An assorted mix of everything from sheer tops to lace dresses to shearling jackets and denim styles are experimented with in reckless abandon.
Resort 2019 affirms the continued reign of stripes and floral prints with a key attention towards details such as front tie knots and double breasted jackets. AR reports…
While animal prints and checks might have been dominating the Spring/ Summer 2018 season, the classic flower pattern has not been overlooked in the prints category.
For Resort 2019, floral prints have sought inspiration from the far-fledged corners of the world.
Moodier florals were set against a darker background channel in a dark and rebellious vibe at Christian Dior, Altuzarra, Arias and Givenchy while a bohemian, vintage vibe was prevalent at Etro, Gucci and Prabal Gurung.
With an increasing focus on travelling, designers and brands such as Etro, Coach 1941 and Michael Kors introduced a medley of vacation inspired tropical prints in airy silhouettes.
But what stood out the most this season was an artistic approach towards florals seen at Fendi, Missoni, MSGM and Ports 1961, which portrayed the pattern in popping bright hues resembling paintings on a canvas.
Free-flowing, airy and bohemian, white peasant dresses made a strong case for the Resort 2019 season.
Inspired by the folkloric traditions popular in the ’60s and ’70s, the peasant style maxi dress evokes a sense of escapism and care-free attitude. The style has been doing its round with its fair share of velvet and cotton floral embroidered versions since sometime now, but the current season takes a departure from decorative elements and instead focuses on subtlety.
Fluid maxi dresses in white, with tone-on-tone embroidery or lacework emerged as a definite trend among the likes of major players such as Valentino, Dior, and Tory Burch, and others.
Over the years, Resort collections has come to be synonymous with stripes as effectively as embellishments and tulle are with couture collections. Eight out of ten designers are sure to be serving linear patterns within their collections with varying appearances every season, and Resort 2019 is no exception.
This time around, wavering widths of stripes were mashed up against each other over fluid dresses, robes, oversized shirts, and even tops and blouses.
An evident trend of multicoloured stripes stacked atop each other emerged as a directional element while the classic nautical stripe pattern was a mainstay across majority of collections.
It is worth mentioning here that Balmain went a step further by amalgamating two key trends – that of the stripes and logo/monograms by emblazoning ‘BALMAIN’ in bold running throughout the stripes.
Maturing from their girly occurrences, bows have resorted to more grown-up aesthetics to add charm and twist to otherwise simple silhouettes.
This trend is a smart way of updating basics without really investing a lot of time and effort into traditional techniques.
Details range from bold waist ties to knotted sleeves and cinched waist versions over tops, blouses, dresses, flared pants, and skirts.
While we have already predicted the inevitable slowdown of the ruffle detail, which has enjoyed a massive chunk of success in the past few seasons, it is essential to also acknowledge its subtle presence in the market prevalent today.
For Resort 2019, ruffles have shifted away from their structured, tiered and flouncy silhouettes and instead have taken on a more fluid approach.
Cascading ruffles that fall softly are an apparent trend for the approaching seasons, with the main areas of focus being the sleeves, yoke, and neckline.
Trims continue accentuating hemlines and button inserts.
The fashion collections at Resort 2019 saw a high influx of utilitarian details and workwear inspired details this year.
In the recent past, double breasted jackets have been associated with the bankers and Wall Street officials of the ’80s, but the classic style is resurfacing as a key essential in the current fashion landscape. The modern day double-breasted jacket is devoid of its former bulkiness and excessive padding, taking on a more sensual appearance. It is narrower on the waist and longer in length to accentuate the female body form.
With the hype in everything remotely suggestive of ‘feminism’, power suiting has been an ongoing trend since the past few seasons…, a trend that is sure to continue as the market increasingly bets on formal and semi-formal blazers and jackets that can seamlessly transition from day to night.
After spilling all over Cruise 2018, Fall/Winter ’17 and Spring/Summer ’18, checks have made their presence felt at Resort 2019 as well.
Shying away from its more heritage format of plaids, ginghams and tartans, the checks at the Resort collections adapt a race-track inspired mood.
Boxy checkered patterns in varying sizes and muted tones are a big hit over tunics, bohemian inspired dresses and t-shirts.