Marketed towards the most affluent customers of a brand, resort collections are always a spectacle. With the majority of major fashion houses having unveiled their Resort 2019 collections over the past month, we’ve rounded up the season’s runway highlights from designers Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Chanel.
Despite the recent spate of designer comings and goings, Nicholas Ghesquière announced that he renewed his contract with Louis Vuitton and will remain there for the near future. No stranger to collaborations, the house worked with Grace Coddington on a collection of bags based on the former Vogue editor’s sketches of her cats. Besides the Coddington-inspired accessories, the full range of Ghesquière’s offerings for Resort 2019 also rang true to the stylist’s eccentricity: folky prints were collaged together in flowing dresses, the tailoring of outerwear conveyed a definite 80s edge and the shoes were, in true Coddington fashion, comfortable. (The collection’s over-the-knee sneakers are sure to be a hit considering fashion’s craze for designer kicks.)
Inspired by escaramuza riders, female rodeo riders from Mexico, Maria Grazia Chiuri of Dior seamlessly melded French and Mexican influences in her Resort 2019 collection. Equestrian tailoring, beaded cotton frocks, utilitarian boots and toile-like prints of tigers and giraffes all lent a revolutionary feel to the garments. The house’s iconic saddle bags also made a comeback, this time in colorful embroidered florals with metal accents that recall Mexican silver.
At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld took the alternative name for resort collections, cruise collections, to heart. He showed a nautical-inspired range of easy, effortless tweeds, separates and evening wear. Standout pieces included slouchy striped sailor pants, t-shirts printed with a graphic of a Chanel cruise ship and the collection’s closing look, a fully sequined dress with wave accents. In true Chanel form, the show took place in an immersive set complete with a dock and gargantuan cruise ship.