The usual Marc Jacobs girl packed her bags from New York City and set her sights on Portland, OR, the inspiration for the Marc by Marc Jacobs 2013 Resort Collection. Jacobs paid homage to decades past, featuring models with pastel hair in eye-catching stripes. We're especially loving the red, geometric patterns that nearly popped off the cloth — and did pop on our hands in the form of nail art. Manicure courtesy of Mars the Salon. On Kirbie: H&M.
Peter Som looked to Marrakesh — and specifically, the actress Talitha Getty's adventures there in the late '60s — for Resort 2013. The result? A collection filled with enough lace, jacquard, and winding prints to make even the most hardened minimalist think twice. Sounds wild, yes (Getty was, after all, legendary for her bohemian style), but Som is nothing if not a classicist, and so these romantic textures and patterns are tempered by Som's even, linear way with a silhouette — and made all the more appealing for it. "A sense of wanderlust and nomad chic pervades this Resort collection," Som explained. "Mosaic and textile inspired prints mingle with signature tweed and lace to create a collection that is about everyday wearability with a touch of escapism."
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When it comes to fun, Miami Swim Week may just have the market cornered. After all, at what other Fashion Week are collections shown poolside?
Despite its breezy nature, the week always brings a ton of serious trends — and plenty of highly covetable looks. On tap this season — and just begging to be worn right now — were retro-silhouetted bandeau one-pieces, caftans in graphic tribal prints, and mix-and-match bikinis aplenty. Also appearing in heavy rotation were superhigh-waisted bikini bottoms, optical black-and-white colorblocking, tonal python prints, and more latticework cutout suits than we care to count. Sadly, none of these suits will be available until Resort 2013; until then, take a peek at the week's standout pieces in the slideshow.
Mara Hoffman debuted her latest lineup of tribal-infused prints at Miami Swim Week over the weekend. The Resort '13 collection was an exercise in what Hoffman does best — and at the heart of it, swimwear so coolly cut and done up in statement prints — (and finished with Pamela Love's geometric jewels), we'd wear it like our regular clothes — if we could get away with it. Hoffman, per usual, gravitates toward high-impact print, worked in shades of soft sand, coral and violet, then navy and black, adding textural braiding and lattice detailing to amp up the references to Aztec and Egyptian art. It's equal parts whimsically crafted and entirely easy to throw on, tapping right into our fantasies of a beachy getaway — or at least our desire to dress for one.
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Her line of awesomely wearable separates and modern, minimalist dresses has already won over a style-setting fan base that includes Olivia Palermo and Hanneli Mustaparta — now the designer behind Tibi, Amy Smilovic, is giving us a little insight into her newest crop of chic wares for Resort 2013: "The collection celebrates a surrealist take on traditional resort motifs. Lobsters and coral are playfully reinterpreted and colors are boldly saturated. The collection remains true to the brand's recurring aesthetic of feminine, clean, and relaxed head-to-toe dressing." In fact, we're thinking Tibi's latest would also make a pretty perfect Summer wardrobe with its cheeky nods to New England and effortless pieces. If you've got the same idea, you're in luck — Moda Operandi has all the goodies to preorder right now. Just read on for Amy's Summer essentials, then click through for the pieces we're eyeing from the now shoppable Resort line.
FabSugar: What are your dressing tips for staying chic and polished throughout the Summer heat waves?
Amy Smilovic: I'm living in lightweight and airy fabrics. We've been designing a more relaxed and eased outfit that works well for this 90-plus-degree weather in NYC. Sleeveless silk or jersey tops, a very lightweight tencel denim or leather. Don't let the heat be an excuse for dressing down; you can still look polished no matter what the temp is.
FS: What's the one Summer piece every girl should have in her wardrobe?
AS: Summer flats. I'm stocking up. I'll never put away the heels but day to day in the office it helps keep me cool and I find a new pair every day that I covet.
FS: What are your Summer essentials?
AS: Bobbi Brown lip balm and tinted 15 SPF moisturizer, Carven Anastasie sunglasses, Carthusia perfume from Capri, loaded iPod and iPad, Anita Ko jewelry, straw fedora, and magazines.
FS: Favorite Summer beach read?
AS: Right now I'm reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. It's more entertaining than I expected — I'm loving it.
Resort came and went — and left a landslide of trends in its wake. What may have once been a blip on the fashion landscape is now a full-on season in its own right, bringing forth a crop of bold trends to catalogue for the coming year. To make it easy, we're breaking it down inside with a look at Resort's most notable wares. Designers like Prabal Gurung recrafted the peplum for another season, while others, like Proenza Schouler made room for leather in their lineup. The amazing thing about Resort is that just about anything goes — but we've narrowed it down to the top 13 trends. Step inside for everything you need to know.
The sparkly, crepe-thin pieces in Donna Karan's Resort 2013 collection weren't inspired by an exotic locale or a romantic train of thought but rather by paper. "Sit around and play with napkins long enough, and all of a sudden, you have a dress," she said. Still, the garments were a bit more involved than Karan let on with that statement: many of the evening-focused collection's pieces featured intricate origami pleats, gracious cowl necklines, and crystal embroidery and closures. The palette hewed close to Karan's customarily earthy palette, but the designer made room for a few dresses and a suit in Schiaparelli pink.
Donatella Versace called her Resort 2013 collection "rockmantic," and with all the studded leather pieces and floral prints it contains, it's an appropriate distinction. The offering was partially influenced by the Memphis design movement of the 1980s, which explains why many pieces were brightly colored — and why the print featured on jackets, pants, and dresses juxtaposed images of guitars with flowers and shoes. As is her custom, Versace nodded to her roots by forming the rose gold snaps on a cotton jacket into the shape of the house's Medusa logo.
Alberta Ferretti fused '70s style with modern tailoring and romantic details for Resort 2013. Tie-dye prints abounded on everything from short suits to cigarette pants and knee-length jackets, while floor-sweeping gowns were spun out of lace and vibrantly colored crochet knits. Other pieces, like an elegant blush-colored gown and a sheer sleeveless shirt, were decorated with Murano glass beads.
Colorful party dresses that sparkle with vim and optimism were the bulk — and, in fact, almost the entirety — of Erin Fetherston's Resort 2013 collection. The plentiful frocks came in bright hues of turquoise, orange, and pink, and a few were decorated with oversized bows. There were a few separates in neutral colors — a white jacket and gray cardigan, for example — and lace dresses in black, white, and navy looked especially demure next to their shimmery cousins. While a few short dresses had front panels liberally sprinkled with sequins, an excellent pink number was covered with them from neckline to hem.