i dont get it: RESORT SEASON

 With more and more designers every year putting out resort collections, it seems a little out-of-touch to keep calling it that, when, barring a few exceptions (Emilio Pucci, MissoniDiane von Furstenburg, and, obviously, Michael Kors--all of whom tend towards the resorty end of the spectrum anyway) there isnt a lot of what I would call strictly resort wear; most of what Ive seen would be more appropriate in an office. Or if not in an office, at least in a city whos climate is far from tropical. Which, lets face it, is a likelier setting for most clothing that people buy these days; I cant say I know many people that actually go resort-ing in the winter time. That said, I cant say I really know many people who buy designer clothing the year a collection debuts, so maybe Im way off... And Im not saying you couldnt wear a lot of this years collections to a resort, if you wanted to; there were safari jackets aplenty, which comes as no surprise. But what with the practical denim at Rachel Comey,

the (surprisingly adorable) windbreakers at Suno,

and general presence of girly lace, pastels and florals at Oscar de la Renta,  Jil Stuart and the like, it all struck me as better suited for spring, rather than hottest tropical, weather.

The sporty, surfer-grunge aesthetics at Marc by Marc Jacobs and Rebecca Minkoff, though certainly summery, lacked a certain air of elegant luxury (which, again, because of the name) I am want to associate with traditional resort wear:

Whereas at CelineJonathan SaundersThe Row (the list goes on and on, really) most of the clothing was too tailored and heavy (and in the case of proenza schouler, incorporated far too much tweed) to sport on a summer weekend, let alone poolside:  

Whats with all the coats? Amirite? I mean, Its perfect for early spring, when these collections will become available. So why not just call it pre-spring? You know, like pre-fall? I just think that, given the variety of whats being produced these days, the term Resort strikes me as incredibly old fashioned, evocative of another era that maybe doesnt really reflect the way people buy and wear clothing these days. You know what Im saying?

all images via style.com

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