Style Note: Resort Recap

Instead of doing a Tuesday Ten post today, I decided to blog about the recent resort 2012 runway shows. From New York for Paris, dozens of designers showcased their collections for the post-holiday season. Here are my notes on the season’s key looks along with some tips on how you can incorporate these trends into your daily wardrobe…

But first, what is resort wear?
Many designers have started showing resort collections in addition to their standard spring and fall lines. Resort was originally known as “cruise wear,” which was promoted by upscale fashion houses and stores to appeal to their wealthy clients who typically vacationed in warm weather climates after the holidays. However, resort wear has evolved to something much more mainstream. Now, the fashion industry views resort wear as a “specialized year-round clothing style and fashion season.” The idea is that many people visit or live in tropical or resort-like destinations. To accommodate, designers have created “resort collections.” Resort wear is characterized as easy to clean, travel-friendly and most importantly, fashion-forward clothing. Simply put, think of resort wear as year-round fashionable travel and leisure clothing.

Now for the major trends spotted on the resort 2012 runways…

A look from Michael Kors

Catch a wave! Weather it’s scuba inspired gear at Michael Kors and Derek Lam, Hawaiian print pieces at Stella McCartney and Givenchy, or south-of-the-border cuts at Proenza Schouler–one thing is clear for 2012: surfs up! To work this trend, I suggest playing with texture and fabric. For example, try a neoprene bandeau top layered under a lightweight tank. Or, opt for a pair of tropical print shorts and a color block top. Either way, just be careful and limit yourself to one aspect of this trend. Too many at once can be the makings of a wipeout!

Sporty zipper details at 3.1 Phillip Lim

Athleticism. In the words of fashion’s newest design darling, Joseph Altuzarra, “zip-up and go” is the key phrase for 2012 resort trends. Other fashion houses that hit the note: Bottega Veneta, Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Balenciaga. Translate this trend to your closet by stocking up on shorts, strappy heels, and sporty dresses and zip front tops.

Colorful (cropped) pants at Prabal Gurung

Color code. After the onslaught of greys and blacks that overtook the fall runways, it was refreshing to see designers make use of color! I personally love wearing color, so I was pleased to see Prabal Gurung incorporate unexpected pops of grapefruit pink, turquoise and yellow throughout his collection. Other notable collections include Chloe’s orange outbursts, Alice + Olivia’s punchy colored pieces, Burberry Prorsum‘s canary yellow coats and aqua blue accents and BCBG Max Azria’s rainbow of draped, flowy garments. Take this trend to the streets by embracing color. Instead of wearing that black skirt, swap it out for an orange one. Or, wrap a brightly hued belt around that LWD (little white dress).

Other major resort trends included ladylike layers and tailoring (seen at Chloe), cropped pants (seen almost everywhere), tea and knee length skirts, and graphic floral prints (as seen at Marc by Marc Jacobs and Celine).

Click here and take a look through the resort shows. Tell me which one is your favorite in the comments below!

XO Lauren