When your idea of luxury is splurging on an Uber to avoid that five-block trek to the neighborhood laundromat, it’s truly difficult to fathom the reality of annual “cruise collections.” Specifically designed for an incredibly small pocket of fashionistas who spend their lives poolside—forever tanning and sipping margs—these collections offer a glimpse into the world of boundless wealth. Here are the highlights from resort’s top performers this season:
For resort ’16, Designer Tomas Maier aimed to fight seasonal depression with a bright color palette—one that would bring warmth to those dreary, overcast winter days. There was a mature confidence emanating from Maier’s silhouettes; structured jackets with masculine lapels were styled with relaxed, pleated trousers; boldly patterned a-line skirts balanced out refined turtlenecks and slim motorcycle jackets gave Bottega Veneta’s entire collection an exciting, glossy finish.
Karl Lagerfeld presented Chanel’s resort ’16 collection in Seoul, offering the designer a wealth of inspiration to pull from. The candy-coated camp of K-Pop was prevalent this season, manifesting into a lineup of looks that reflected eastern street style oddities with an upscale, five-star sheen. Set to the sounds of Parisian DJ Michel Gaubert, Lagerfeld delivered exactly what we expect from the silver-haired icon: an overwhelmingly beautiful and expensive looking fantasy.
Le Palais Bulles, owned by 92-year-old fashion legend Pierre Cardin, provided Raf Simons with the perfect backdrop to unveil his latest work beneath the Christian Dior umbrella. The collection as a whole was quietly playful and unassuming; textiles were painterly and reflective of the building’s Mediterranean surroundings; silhouettes were balanced, marrying strong classic Dior sophistication with an airier, youthful edge.
With a sweet ’50s-style interior and brutal, spacey exterior, Bob Hope’s iconic Palm Springs estate served as the core inspiration for Nicolas Ghesquière’s latest Louis Vuitton collection. The John Lautner-designed home—being sold now for a modest $25 million—balances soft and hard design aesthetics, which drove Ghesquière to explore that juxtaposition through fabric and silhouette. Leather dresses were lightened with delicate cut-outs and structured jackets were paired with wide-legged, billowing pants; the entire experience was a dreamy reflection of California-style, reinforcing the likelihood of fashion moving West in coming years.