“A cruise collection or resort collection, sometimes also referred to as holiday or travel collection (collection croisière, in French), is an inter-season or pre-season line of ready-to-wear clothing produced by a fashion house or fashion brand in addition to the recurrent twice-yearly seasonal collections – spring/summer and autumn (or fall)/winter – heralded at the fashion shows in New York, London, Paris and Milan.”– Wikipedia
Honestly, before I got into fashion, I had no idea what a Resort or Cruise collection was. As explained above, it is a pre-season line, and has grown in importance because it is a ready-to-wear line, different from couture where every order is made specifically for the buyer, and often sells more than the main season collections.
Unlike the spring/summer and fall/winter collections it is not exactly seasonal. Though most spring/summer collections are being made for that season, in these collections, including the ones I chose, you will often find sweaters and coats intermixed with typical summer wear because it lends itself to be more marketable and more longlasting in the stores if the pieces can work across seasons. You can read more about this in this Vogue Australia article:
Resort Collections are also important to me because it shows the trends that are lasting and is easier to deduce style inspiration from than main season collections because it is made more for the masses.
With that knowledge in mind, let’s look at what I believe to be the 5 best resort 2017 collections and hopefully get some fashion inspo on the way!
CAMILLA AND MARC
This collection by the Australian designer Camilla Freeman-Topper is one of my favorite looks because of its light and airy feel, perfect cuts, detailing that reminded me of the crossing in the Proenza Schouler F/W ready-to-wear collection (which I loved!), and ability to transition between seasons. Though the white pieces might appear to be secluded to the summer season, I could easily see the items, such as the white off the shoulder top, being paired with dark brown pants and a statement necklace to transition into the fall. It is simply a collection that I imagine myself wearing in my 20’s because of its classiness and uniqueness due to the clothing’s structure.
ALICE + OLIVIA
This collection does not correlate to my style, which is exactly why I love it. Inspired by the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, this collection is inundated with bright colors and beautiful images from Basquiat’s paintings. This collection is something I would want to wear when I have no inhibitions. Just the desire to have fun with my style.
Inspired by glass, I adore this collection because it is cutting edge and I love how it really pays attention to structure without seeming unwearable. Plus, it is definitely a collection that I could imagine a blogger I love, thechroniclesofher.blogspot.com, wearing. (After I wrote this I looked at her blog, and one of the articles was titled “Dancing in Dion Lee”!!!)
1970’s inspired, this collection by Guillaume Henry is a favorite of mine because, well, I love 70’s inspired clothes, and it is an era that I want to incorporate more into my closet. Plus, I love how this collection pays attention to texture and shine, which I feel is often missing in people’s outfits.
Designed by Hanako Maeda, this collection was inspired by the the simplicity of kimonos and other traditional Japanese clothing. With modern times in mind, Maeda honors the past with modern fabrics and forms and the beauty of her heritage, which is why this is my favorite collection.
All of these collections are different, but I adore them all and would absolutely love to wear them because style, to me, is like a mask, but instead of hiding something from people it is a way to show different parts of yourself, to reveal every aspect of you. I gravitate towards these collections because they represent different parts of me that I am or want to be, be that simple and free or outgoing and vibrant, and that’s why everyone should look at designer collections, because unlike massive chains they have the freedom to make clothing outside of the box, and the crazy or simple things that we gravitate towards reveals something about us. Though Resort Collections are made to be more commercial, they abide by this spirit, and through looking through 20+ collections, I got to figure out myself a little bit more.
Which of these resort collections are your favorite? How do you think you could recreate these looks with clothes you alrady have? What do you want your clothing to say about you? Leave a comment below!!