Summary by: FT Intern Bianca Teixeira
Date Published: June 17, 2010
With most of the big name designers having already released their 2011 Resort collections (including Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs and Jason Wu) one thing is for certain, simplicity rules and vintage looks are all the rage.
What's old is new again.
Resort wear has slowly moved up the ranks in the world of runway. From being referred to as "cruise wear" it is more recently noted as year-round clothing style. With more and more people extending their stays in warmer climate areas, resort wear has become a cross-cultural trend that continues to see a growing fan base.
This year, some of the most interesting creations the resort collections are showing, take place atop the models' heads and might remind some of us of the styles our grandmothers used to wear.
Designers like Jacobs and Wu have placed the outfit's exclamation point in the form of vintage hats while Dior creative director John Galliano used fedoras, scarves and Gatsby hats to adorn his models.
Jacobs' resembled wider brimmed, straw grandmother hats in a variety of bright colours like purple, blue and pink. Wu veered toward the more traditional vintage summer wear with tiny, straw boater hats.
Oscar De la Renta summed up a traditional, bourgeois-chic time with bow-trimmed boater hats in his collection but relegated the bows' colours to subdued reds, blues and occasional stripes.
Yves Saint Laurent changed the tune of stylish headwear a bit with models heads covered by tiny turbans. Showing in only black, white and beige, the turbans served as headbands and kept the faces clear of hair.
Also thinking outside the fashion box was Diane von Furstenberg who paired her resort-wear, forties-styled rompers with a visor with the same print and varying colours.
While other designers may have chosen to keep their heads clear, it was obvious that the trend this year was a resort collection with a vintage vibe. Runways brought back the looks that were popular at polo matches and summer hunting in the forties and from head to toe, each model looked as if she had stepped out of the pages of Vogue circa 1945.
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