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resort 2014

I’ve made my point that I sometimes find it difficult to keep up with the pace of the fashion industry, but it’s impossible to ignore the resort collections. The resort 2014 presentations have been going on for the past month or so, but in case you’ve missed anything, here’s a quick recap.

Resort collections typically provide “pre-spring” attire meant to be worn on vacation during winter months, noted by a luxurious joie de vivre and carefree color palettes. Meanwhile, designers tend to adapt their aesthetics to more market-friendly themes. Starting off the resort 2014 presentations with a Singapore sling was Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, whose collection certainly embodied these ideas. The parade of loose tulle and relaxed silhouettes framed with pristine pearls created a hypnosis on holiday, culminating in one of the most impressive collections from the iconic French fashion house in years.

In the middle of the Cannes Film Festival, Raf Simons presented his resort 2014 collection for Christian Dior in nearby Monaco, embodying the spirit of the French Riviera. The marriage of pastels and brights was greeted by the effortless motion of Simons’ flouncy fabrics, and it was all tied together by delicate materials that nearly screamed, “get free.” Just like a vacation, it was all about release.

Although Alexander Wang’s woman isn’t quite the Parisienne on holiday that Karl Lagerfeld and Raf Simons delineated, the New York-based designer also got in on the colorful action with pops of pink interspersed throughout his collection. The leather-heavy, somewhat sporty medley might not have been the most traditional resort looks, but there was still an element of laid back coolness. Meanwhile at Balenciaga, Wang added his own interpretations of the house’s archives with funky prints and atypical shapes.

No coverage would be complete without mentioning Givenchy. Just like his pre-spring menswear collection, Riccardo Tisci’s resort endeavor played with some of his most memorable elements. The silhouette from his fall 2013 collection reemerged alongside camouflage prints reinvented with florals, while there was no shortage of clean, all-white ensembles.

Of course, there’s much more to resort 2014 than the collections I’ve mentioned, and I wish I could individually cover all of my favorites. Plenty of other designers presented the best parts of their aesthetics, while there was no shortage of pastels, brights, prints, light fabrics, and white (all great elements for summertime, too). If resort stays true to its “pre-spring” motives, then I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the spring 2014 collections later this year.

Check out a gallery of some of my favorite looks from resort 2014 below!

Feature image via A Truly Intriguing Subject

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