Resort 2017 runway collections have been making the rounds, while simultaneously forcing me to question my entire wardrobe like never before. Actually, that’s a lie…*takes uneasy stroll down memory lane and ponders middle school graphic tee collection.*
Despite the bevy of impressive fashions this season, I’ve narrowed them down to my top five below.
1. ALICE + OLIVIA
Alice + Olivia’s creative director, Stacey Bendet, chose the late neo-expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat as her muse in bringing this collection to life. Making an example of “Manus x Machina,” some pieces were digitally printed with Basquiat’s graffiti paintings, while others were inspired by the artist’s personal style, notes, and drawings. The lineup’s bold, vibrant colors and eclectic designs make me feel like I’ve just stepped into an art museum that I never want to leave.
It comes as no surprise that Coach landed in my favorites, seeing as I’m hardcore partial to leather. This collection boasts a diverse assortment of style influences: retro, Western, grunge, even sporty. Somehow, mixed together, they WORK. Plus, they reinforce the reconciliation of femininity and edginess – A.K.A. being a wicked boss-lady.
Previous decades have unfailingly continued to provide creative fodder for today’s fashion landscape. Moschino demonstrated this by harkening back to the groovy, psychedelic vibes of 1960s Los Angeles. The collection features a medley of bright, colorful patchwork, emblematic of creative director Jeremy Scott’s love for L.A. and the various walks of life that have inspired the city. To be honest, I think I’m tripping out from excessively staring.
4. ROBERTO CAVALLI
My ’70s-loving heart swelled with pure, unadulterated joy at the sight of this collection. Cavalli is known for pushing the boundaries of style through unorthodox mixings of colors, textures, and patterns, just as this collection channels the ’70s free spirit who lives by her own rules. From bohemian princess to rock-and-roll glam, Cavalli successfully captures the various archetypes that so greatly defined the era.
When I first viewed this collection, I instantly thought of the mod subculture of the ’60s: meticulously color-blocked mini dresses, dark, fitted trousers, and chunky heels (the list goes on). The collection is one of a contemporary nature, acting as an appropriate middle ground between more artistic expressions of street style and the popular minimalist fashions of today.