Women’s Collections – Resort 2015

The argument for Pre-Spring has been made sound. Practically speaking, it is only beneficial to show at the Resort Collections considering it is more than likely to bring in a majority of your revenue. Aesthetically speaking, there is less pressure to deliver a concept that will blow your mind and more encouragement to simply display your brand DNA that your customer will wear on a regular basis. Needless to say, we still saw some trends amongst that collections that indicated a late sixties slash early seventies fad going on. Considering we saw some tasteful extractions from the groovy era, I’m a fan.
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With a grandmother in Palm Springs, it was canny of Alexander Lewis to envision her at Coachella and potentially experimenting with hallucinogens while she’s at it. Pre-Coachella, the southern Californian desert was known for retirement communities enjoying a joint friendly climate by lounging about in pastels. His color pallet and metallic organza usage promises grandma to gain quite a bit of hipster cred at the music festival.
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Stephanie Danan of Co gave us a mature sophisticated woman who retained all the best parts of youth. Slight sportiveness, buoyant shapes and a general sense of ease were met with sculpture, solid colors and polish. This understated collection nevertheless made itself known to be noticeably appealing.
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Josh Goot‘s rejuvenation has yielded strong results. He dug back into his roots and rediscovered minimalist shapes and fabrics that fall beautifully over the body. His only print was a large-scale, bias cut windowpane that came in either a structured cotton or a flowy organza. This collection had balance and restraint with pieces that work well in many a woman’s wardrobe.
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Sustainability and affordability in one collection. Organic by John Patrick has realized this along with unfussy separates that can be combined in multiple ways to give a woman absolute utility and zero environmental guilt. Primarily using japanese cotton and a splash of lamé, Patrick rotated pastels amongst a few striped pieces and metallics. I am by far most interested in incorporating this collection in my own wardrobe, and I can realistically do so.
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Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne’s Public School womens collections have only recently begun. However, the tomboy counterpart to the Public School man has already made a name for herself on campus. She’s sporty in jumpsuits and track pants, yet wears well tailored button ups and shirt dresses; above all she avoids the fuss. Still acknowledging her femininity, she reveals just enough by wearing some sheer or partially unzipping the bottom half of her coat. If the beginning of the Public School gal is this strong, I can hardly wait to see how she develops.
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I couldn’t help but include Tanya Taylor in my highlights simply because of the creative project she made out of presenting this collection. Working with mixed-media artist Kalen Hollomon, Taylor collaged studio shots of the collection against New York City backdrops. The graphic nature of her look book layout was cohesive with the collection in its prints.

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