Review of Resort 2018


Let's Cruise Through These Collections.

 

As Cruise collections hit stores this November, these highly anticipated looks are sure to freshen up your wardrobe for the winter months.  These jet-set customers have much to choose from, as Dior, Chanel, and Prada sent their most luxurious creations down the runway this past week.  Whether the show was held on soil, grecian ruins, or the "Osservatorio," each designer seemed to draw inspiration from the past as their collections reflect on much simpler times.

 

DIOR 

As L.A. continuously makes a case for itself as a serious fashion capitol, more designers than ever are showing their collections on the Golden Coast.  Maria Grazia Chiuri is the latest to show in the hills of Santa Monica, for her first Resort collection for the French fashion house.  The desert hills were the perfect backdrop for her Western themed collection, as show-goers were shuttled around in ATV's and set up in white tents, while hot air balloons swayed in the background.  Chiuri drew inspiration from the primitive wall paintings in the Lascaux cave, the same 20,000 year old paintings that inspired Christian Dior's Ovale collection of 1951.  Her first Resort collection for the fashion house was a huge success, as the collection represented modernity and her understanding of powerful women today.  Innovative spins on traditional western pieces were represented in muted, earth tones, as the models worked the packed-soil runway.  The key component to the looks are layering, an element that Chiuri describes as essential to the modern day woman due to the fact that "they can choose the piece, they can mix in different ways."  The beauty looks were even more relatable as models left their hair in loose, natural braids, under their western hats.  Maria Grazia Chiuri's understanding and fight for women today is synonymous with today's ever-changing fashion world.

Standout looks from the show: 

 

CHANEL

Chanel was a greek goddesses dream in colorful gladiator sandals, over-the-top headpieces, exquisite draping, and pops of color within a sea of white and gold.  Karl Lagerfeld delivered a full-on Grecian experience through the runway setting, that left show-goers feeling as though they had traveled to Ancient Greece.  Although the show took place in Paris, the set was occupied with massive crumbling columns, rosemary, sage, and an olive tree sprouting up through the ruins.  Of course, the fashion was reminiscent of a Greek Goddess, but it offered a Chanel spin with the brand's traditional boucle suiting and meticulous attention to detail.  The looks are a celebration of women and the beauty and glamour of ancient Greece.  Coco Chanel was known to have a fascination with Greek culture, having a 1st century headless Venus statue that still occupies her Parisian apartment.  In Lagerfeld's notes on the collection, he wrote, “The criteria of beauty in Ancient then Classical Greece still holds true. There have never been more beautiful representations of women. Or more beautiful columns. The entire Renaissance, in fact, was based on antiquity.”  It is true, that while fashion continuously moves forward, looking to the past for inspiration is often necessary for creating a sense of nostalgia and beauty.

Standout looks from the show: 

 

PRADA 

Although Miuccia Prada is not a big fan of the term "resort" or "cruise", she certainly delivered an outstanding collection at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the most beautiful shopping mall in the world.  After a five-year break from presenting a resort collection, she has come back with a unique and fresh perspective on the show.  In her Resort 2018 collection, there seemed to be a theme of inconsistency that worked well for the established designer.  Prada stated that her aim of this collection was to create a "modernist" collection, and these sporty themed pieces delivered just that.  She took inspiration from numerous sources including the Belle Epoque, a term of nostalgia for a simpler time of peace, prosperity, and progress.  Her use of feathers, incorporated with sportswear was unexpected, as models walked the runway in either velcro sneakers, or eiffel tower inspired heels.  These sheer and embellished looks were accessorized with high socks, a trend that has steadily been making a comeback over the past few seasons.  Each beauty look accentuated the clothing, as models wore their hair in pigtail braids, complemented by a bold, red lip.  The beauty of this collection is all in the details as Miucci Prada offers the fashion world her take on modernity. 

Standout looks from the show: 

Images from Vogue.com


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