Is it time for Resort to take a permanent Vacation?
Rather than summing up the fashion from resort 2020 I thought I would take this moment to speak a bit on resort wear in 2020. Particularly on its necessity within the fashion community. One of the biggest issues currently facing the community is that of sustainability. Being one of the largest contributors to waste, the industry is currently looking for ways to adjust its (rather large) environmental footprint. I think a great place to begin would be cutting back on volume. I love fashion. Most of my paycheque goes towards new clothes, most of my free time is spent in some capacity thinking about fashion – be it scrolling through the pages of an online magazine, or flicking through the pages of a hard copy, or shopping either in person, or online, or even putting together looks in my bedroom. I am certainly no saint when it comes to minimalism in fashion. I do however, not see the need for six major fashion seasons a year. I live in Toronto – a place which truly experiences all four seasons. If even I – someone who lives in one of the least temperate climates with a huge love of clothes can’t see the purpose, I think it’s time we give up at least Resort and Pre-Fall. Many of these looks could easily fall into either a spring, or fall show. I don’t believe it necessary for designers to be pulling out six full seasons a year. We need two seasons and couture is a nice addition for a creative outlet for the select designers who fall into couture houses. Anyway, enjoy my selection of my favourites from Resort 2020. RIP.
The resort collection from Chanel was young, fresh and feminine. The first collection from new Artistic Director Virginie Viard, with large shoes to fill since former director, darling of fashion Karl Lagerfeld passed this winter. Highlights include the cap toed boots which hit mid shin, Chanel’s signature chain belts, now concluding in a bow at the belly button (also as a necklace), cap toed Oxfords (will be bringing these back), pastels (particularly the lavender) and shirts made entirely of bows – I’ve been lusting after one of these since Giambatttista Valli’s 2018 Fall Couture collection.
The resort collection from Miu Miu proves puff sleeves are going nowhere – good news for me as I spent the spring & summer filling my closet with them. Her oversized hats are reminiscent of vintage Strawberry Shortcake’s floppy bonnet. While the leather & wooden platforms call to mind Chloe’s Spring 2006 platform sandals (my first love in footwear). Also of note are the chunky platform daisy sandals – which first appeared alongside the platform pink swallows. Can we expect them to be resurrected from the archives!?!?!?!? While the Chloe platforms may be my first love, Miu Miu pink swallow’s will forever be my greatest love.
Gucci was very Berkeley in the 60’s. Cow-print sheerling coats, shift dresses in psychedelic prints and a bohemian maxi with an embroidered uterus on it. I’m quitting my day job to live on a commune in NorCal in that dress. Peace.
One of my most vivid childhood memories are the tacky, spooky Hallowe’en commercials in the 90s that came on during after school programs. Growing up Hallowe’en was bigger for me than Christmas. I still adore autumn above all other seasons. As a child I was enthralled with all thinks spooky and morbid. Any chance I had to do a school project it always revolved around the macabre. When I was nine I did my fourth grade speech on graveyard’s. To this day one of my favourite movies is still Hocus Pocus … it straddles the perfect line between dark & garish humour. As does this line for Moschino 2020 Resort wear. I adore it all. The in-your-face references to horror flicks, the plastic masks and the 90’s style colourful, yet spooky prints – very R.L.Stein’s Goosebumps.
Saw a girl wearing a modest cape attached to her button down in the street recently and again here from Elie Saab, very into it. Gorgeous puffed sleeves as well, which I will continue to fill my closet with throughout the autumn.
Every Erdem collection is perfect. The cuts: always unique, doesn’t matter what trends are going on outside of Erdem – he stays true to his vision. The prints: consistently the best collection from each season. The best job of layering, the cutest shoes and I absolutely adore the printed puffer coat. I would also like to commend Erdem for being one of the designers to CONSISTENTLY do the most diverse casting for the models. Very refreshing to see.
Something I’ve been noticing designers doing more and more is the use of large bows embedded in the clothing, rather than stitched on to the dress after the fact. The bows are part of the structural integrity of the garment, such as these bows in this Givenchy dress. Very into this.
This entire look from Rag & Bone is a bit Millennium for the millennials. A cozy white teddy bear jacket (hope they are not going anyway – I bought two last year) paired with pastel pink denim…I would have worn this in 2000 as much as I would wear it in 2019.
This mint mohair sweater with subtle puffed sleeve and gold detailing makes me as happy as a bowl of mint-chip ice cream. Lace up combat boots given a more feminine silhouette with a slender fit and bows, layered over slouchy socks from REDValentino Resort.
Vivetta is currently one of my favourite new designers. Season after season she releases a line of fresh, young and unique looks. This resort wear collection takes inspiration from anything from childhood story books to sailors. Lots and lots of bows – I’m particularly fond of the second look with the illusion of an oversized bow created with a puff sleeve. The fourth look – a sequinned navy & red striped two piece is very chic, very Parisienne.