Burberry is really knocking it out of the park as of late. They know it. We know it. The models in their Resort 2013 collection images blatantly know it. There is a part of me that really wants to tell Burberry to get over itself and stop being so pretentious but the thing is that they aren’t really. They are doing great things and they deserve everything they are getting. This is rooted far deeper than just the fashions…Burberry as a business entity is one of the greatest assets of the fashion industry at the moment. But they are able to match their international business savvy with knockout collections and I want all of it.
Resort for Burberry is striking me as a bit more ‘business casual’ than I would like to see from the label but they delivered something delightful and chances are they are going to knock my socks off with their next Spring/Summer collection. In the meantime, however, I would like the gold trenchcoat featured in this collection to find its way to my doorstep. Thanks ever so much.
For me, Band of Outsiders has been a slow grower. I always had an eye on the label but had convinced myself that maybe I wasn’t a cool enough kid to be hip to it all. In the last year, I have seriously changed my tune. As it seems, I very likely AM cool enough to understand and maybe even love a little. What I find so great about the label is that they make getting dressed easy. The label seems to create really logical wardrobes and deserves a bunch of high fives and maybe even some hugs for that feat. In doing nothing seriously out of the ordinary, they have made themselves extraordinary.
There is always a sense of fun to Band of Outsiders and the Resort 2013 collection pushes that notion to the maxx. Literally boats and stripes. That is what ‘resort’ means to the label. That is what they are going to present in its most basic form. It’s childish nostalgia and somehow grown-up. Though I may not be caught with a boat emblazoned on my sweater, I could participate elsewhere in the collection and appreciate the nerd who WILL wear the boat sweater and probably make it look so cool that I want it.
Chris Benz has all the elements of someone who I think is awesome. He attended Parsons where I have been enjoying being a student for the last year. He was an intern at Marc Jacobs (cool) and went on to work for J. Crew (double cool) and he obviously just wants to have some good old-fashioned fun. Going through the images of the Chris Benz Resort collection, there is an obvious nod back to a delightfully nostalgic 1950s South Beach and you just want to jump into the clothes and participate. There is a certain degree of playing dress up while being ever so serious about how fashionable you are when it comes to this collection.
I think it would be rather difficult for some of us ‘common people’ to pull off some of these looks but by golly I’ll appreciate them and I’ll probably try. Martini, anyone?
Though the title may be moderately cryptic, it won’t take me long to explain. My image for ever so long of BCBG Max Azria has been that of prom dress shopping meets South Florida club wear. I don’t particularly know why but if I think it, I am sure I have grounds. Let us all be clear that I am not knocking it…I myself have a delightful bright pink cocktail dress I wore to my college graduation formal that still elates me (the skirt looks like a pile of chiffon leaves, obviously) from the label. But I never really thought of the label as properly cool or excellently fashion-forward.
It could be that I am just paying more attention now but BCBG Max Azria has really been coming out of the woodwork as of late and their recent Resort collection makes sure to reinforce that. Now, it may rely on trends that the higher level designers have been over and done with for a couple of seasons now but you can’t help but look at BCBG and think ‘that’s really cool, that needs to be mine’. It feels like a lot more time and thought is going into really looking at their audience and responding as a leader and not a follower.
I’m on board. Who’s with me?!
I really enjoy 3.1 Phillip Lim. I am desperate for a 31 Hour Bag from the designer. As we speak, I am thinking about all the fun that bag and I could have together. It pains me to have to admit when I started looking through the images from the Resort 2013 collection, I got a little bored and clicked out of the window. BUT as the window was closing, what did my eyes behold?! Leather freakin’ overalls?!
Yes. Game changer. Let’s all just put our cards on the table here and admit that most of us don’t have a hope in hell of ever obtaining or being able to actually pull-off leather overalls but by golly we can appreciate them. So I got the window back up and began to browse with a new respect. And though I am not bowled over by the collection, there are a few stunners in there that deserve a bit of a shout out. Very least the leather freakin’ overalls.
You have to assume that when Karl Lagerfeld invites you to a hybrid garden party and fashion show on the grounds of Versailles, it will be a rather opulent affair. The Palace itself is the poster child for over-the-top glamour. And one might even go so far as to say ‘maybe this is the one place at which Karl cannot compete with such majesty’. One MIGHT say that and if one DID, they would be a fool.
So, you are in the gardens of Versailles ready to expect the unexpected and the unexpected is exactly what you thought it would be. That’s the hysterical nature of Karl’s Chanel. You never know what you are going to see, hear or feel. But when it is all over, you would have expected nothing else at all. None of us would ever have guessed that yesterday’s show would feature a perfectly even mix of Chanel classics, Marie Antoinette-sized lavishness and some kind of hip Brooklynite mentality, a casualness paired with the epitome of luxury. Or maybe King Karl is really just missing Lily Allen and her ‘f**k it, throw some trainers on’ mentality…in his own way :)
Long live the King.
(See the full collection here.)