Some designers call it “Resort,” while others have christened it “Cruise” — together, this season that bridges the Fall and Spring collections accounts for some of the most sought-after clothes that find their way into stylish closets. Indeed, ask designers about the most lucrative season on their calendars, and Resort is sure to be mentioned.
In a fashion industry now used to experiencing lightning-quick changes, Resort’s charming history is also both appreciated and highly respected among designers and fashion fans alike. The season traces its roots to the 1940s, when jet-setting women required clothes for winter stays in tropical climes and upscale settings like the Fontainebleau or The Breakers – or, as its name implies, to depart on posh cruise ships – and couturiers were only too happy to fill their clients’ trunks with everything from swimsuits and shorts sets to caftans and evening gowns. That unique mix is still found in today’s Resort collections, while it also seems tailor-made for South Florida living.
If you had to ascribe a description that could be applied across Resort collections, “vivacious” is a word that easily springs to mind, as these are always happy clothes, equal parts playful, stylish, fun, and ready for everything, from the season’s non-stop party schedule to glamorous afternoons by the pool. That thought evokes another word that can be employed for Resort clothes: “polished,” the notion that even amid sultry days under the sun and balmy Miami nights, the ability to look both crisp, on-trend and sophisticated is, quite simply, effortless.
Whether you prefer sleek dresses or tailored separates, Resort collections offer a wealth of stylish choices. Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière crafted a fantastic sleeveless sheath in black vinyl amid the artful pieces in his Resort collection, detailed with flap pockets trimmed with bright marigold and bold silver buttons. Zadig & Voltaire, meanwhile, highlighted the thoughtful mix of fabrics by pairing the glen-plaid print of its Viva Car Jacket with the shimmer of the label’s Poete gold-foil trousers. Finish the look with a bag in a bright hue, like the emerald-green suede of the brand’s Kate bag.
Stylish men will also enjoy how Resort designs can look both fashion-forward and polished. Louis Vuitton has demonstrated in recent seasons that the suit can be reinvented so it achieves an undeniable sense of casual elegance, while also highlighting the brand’s heritage by reinventing the iconic Monogram print in a striped pattern on a belted coat. Pair it with chinos in classic khaki and a crisp white shirt and black tie, and the result is tailoring that feels instantly fresh. Fendi, meanwhile, is exploring tropical attire woven through a celebration of the brand, with its legendary initial creatively worked into a Havana-themed print. It’s cool, classic in its cut and ideal for almost every South Florida scenario. In other words, it’s wholly perfect for a Resort frame of mind.