The 2017 resort collections incorporated many popular trends this year. Fringe, culottes, print on prints, and flowy fabrics were shown in vibrant colors, light materials and fun summer styles. The top 5 shows within the resort collections included various patterns and themes that made each designer’s presentation unique to this season but still ready to wear.
On June 7th, the Marc Jacobs Resort 2017 Collection streamed live on Facebook. The runway show was hosted in New York City bright and early. The show opened up with a checkerboard print skirt with tulle underlay. The collection’s punk rock theme was elaborated with the heavy eye makeup, MTV logo sweatshirts and acid washed denim. The 80’s influence was ultra present throughout the show. The blast from the past featured wild crinkled hair, net gloves, flashy prints and neon colors. Overall, the show was filled with vibrant looks and heavy guitar music to match.
Roberto Cavalli’s collection was filled with bohemian looks in an array of tribal prints and colorful embellishments. Many of the garments had large floral patterns with vivid earth tones. Mixed prints were definitely a fixture of this collection. Rosebuds coupled with watercolors and other flower prints made for psychedelic but cohesive looks that would be the ideal festival outfit. Lace-up knit tops, printed maxi skirts, striped fur jackets, fringe dresses, and patchwork jeans made for a complete wardrobe, straight out of the 70’s.
On May 28th, the Louis Vuitton Resort show took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum. The show was streamed live online and on SnapChat and became a viral hit. Within two days, the #LVCruise hashtag reached over 200 million users across social media. The wrap-around runway provided a stage for this season’s looks inspired by Brazil’s classic Copacabana culture. The aesthetic of the collection embodied the modern and tropical connection that the Brazilian culture represents. Models in sporty jumpsuits made from scuba material walked a runway that resembled a looped ramp that was reminiscent of a racetrack. The Louis Vuitton bowling bag continued the speedy theme, a checkered flag adorned the bag and the LV logo was written as if it were on the side of a Nascar entry. In addition to the drag race theme, hints of Brazilian influences were seen in the colors and silhouettes of the outfits. The collection was originally a tribute to the work of Brazilian artists Helio Oiticica and Aldemir Martins, which explains the usage of vibrant yellows, reds and purples.
Layering and gold accents were a hit at Christian Dior’s Resort 2017 collection this year. For the third time, Dior hosted its show at Oxfordshire’s Blenheim Palace. Attendees boarded “The Dior Express” and travelled up to the palace for a show filled with puffed sleeves, equestrian prints and gold plated boots. Many of the ensembles featured skirts on top of pants and sweatshirts underneath sleeveless tops. Layering has been trending for the past couple of seasons but Dior upgraded the magpie effect to a new level of casual sophistication. The usual florals and stripes accompanied a new addition to the Dior print arsenal: soldiers on horseback. The new pattern was not only seen in numerous looks but was also incorporated on the runway carpet. This post-war inspired line remained true to the Dior traditional style while remaining modern and fresh.
Gucci’s new creative director, Alessandro Michele, chose the Cloisters at Westminster Abbey for this year’s resort location. The London location tied into the theme of the show which married classic Gucci with English punk. Needlepoint embroideries of snakes, cats and dogs graced various garments while punk plaids, Union Jacks, and high-necked tops paid homage to English culture. Despite the themes of the collection, the classic double G logo and red and green colors were still present on the runway, showing that Alessandro Michele intends on preserving the Gucci tradition.