Although top designers still look to unveil their spring and fall lines at New York Fashion Week, their resort collections are increasingly becoming more important. These are the clothes that transition between the seasons, and they stay in stores for a longer period (usually between October and February and sometimes remain as late as May).
Resort collections — so-called because originally they were aimed at well-heeled women who traveled to resorts in winter months— often are more practical, designed more for consumers than the front-row fashion editors who are looking for cutting-edge styles that look good in a magazine but don’t often work in real life.
Among those showing their resort collection for 2016 is Michael Kors, whose latest looks range from plush minks to two-piece bathing suits in geometrical patterns.
Kors has become one of America’s richest designers by knowing his customer, who likes to look good and feel comfortable in casual yet luxurious sportswear. The collection is filled with eye-catching hexagon prints — looks like Kors has been studying up in a geometry class — along with cashmere turtlenecks, knife-pleated skirts, flared trousers and color-blocked dresses.
He balances all of the patterns with crisp outerwear in a single color. Trench coats come in traditional beige or a wild magenta; a white blazer looks like it will never go out of style. “I’m determined to bring back the word ‘blazer.’ I’m going to teach everyone under the age of 25 what it means if it kills me!” he told Vogue.com.
Accessories are always a big part of a Kors collection, and this one includes structured shoulder bags, graphic clutches, color-blocked wedges and a close-to-the-ground slide. “I always love a shoe that feels like you’re running out of the house to get milk,” he said.