Resort has returned. Yesterday saw the opening salvo in the off-season collection known as “Resort. ” Originally intended as summery lightweight designs for the well-heeled to wear on vacation (hence the name), these collections are also some of the longest lasting on the rack in stores, with the longest period between their debut and the runway lines that come in September for Spring of the following year.
The bulk of the collections won’t be unveiled until after Labor Day, but that doesn’t keep some of the major houses from running almost a month ahead in order to get their lines out in front of the crowd first, and into stores before the rest of the competition. Many of those high-end designers also make this an event for the reviewer, flying them to exotic locales to help encourage the ‘vacationing” atmosphere. Chanel did just that for the opening collection of Resort 2017, by flying the fashion press into the hottest location Americans will be eager to hit this summer: Cuba.
Clearly, the romantic 1950s ideal of the country–which was the last time Americans traveled there freely–inspired Karl Lagerfeld for his extensive Resort line. The man who never designed a collection where he didn’t decide that more was more presented an obtuse 87 looks in all by the time his runway show in Havanna had concluded. They featured homages to the 1940s and 50s era in Cuba, including vague gestures towards ruffles, the palette of the Caribbean with peachy and sea colored hues, and of course, the black beret, co opted from the French and given rebellious little sequins. Via La revolution, indeed!