2010 June 22

Resort 2011 Runway Reviews

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(NEW YORK) Douglas Hannant
Inspired by the Slim Aarons photograph of the iconic Kaufman House, Douglas Hannant injected his 2011 Resort collection with the whimsy and spirit of the 1960s. Cerulean strapless column gowns and printed silk halter blouses clearly catered to the vacationing set. Rows of ruffles and full skirts are positively twirl-worthy. Fiercely feminine, the collection was peppered with sporty pieces like mini shifts in fruity hues, and Hannant’s confections undoubtedly have a future by the pool.

Behnaz Sarafpour
When it comes to a vacation-friendly wardrobe, you must be able to casually toss each piece into your luggage without another thought. Behnaz Sarafpour’s Resort collection manages to combine this sense of practicality with urban glamour. A one-shouldered champagne frock or an ombré romper can be crumpled up into a suitcase without risking a dreadful crease or crinkle. At first glance, a pair of black pants are just that, but upon closer inspection, sequins reveal themselves, and slowly creep up until they are virtually invisible by the time the eye reaches the waistband.

Michael Angel
Michael Angel’s 2011 Resort collection celebrates the girl who is hopelessly falling in love. Angel was inspired by l'amour and the range of emotions that ensue when one’s object of affection is just out of reach. Heavy on prints and hues like bold tangerines and fuchsias, the pieces exuded a sense of joyful dizziness, although Angel grounded the collection with darker blues and somber black frocks for moments of heartbreak.

Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty’s Resort collection is, true to form, dominated by vibrant multi-colored tie-dyes from India and their imaginative twist on the Kenyan kanga. Abstract photos of water and space informed the printed blouses, skirts, shorts and frocks. Known for pieces that are full of vivacity, SUNO’s resort collection is the girliest to date; chock full of plenty of frills and sherbet-colored confections in ultra-mini lengths. 

For Resort 2011, Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi drew on Bridgette Bardot’s bombshell appeal in the cult Western, Shalako. Preen’s power dress returns, this time in white and trimmed in eyelet, providing a simultaneous babydoll and Marilyn feel. The western look did not take a backseat, and embellished shoulders, suede pants and chiffon floor length skirts felt flirty, never kitschy.

Juan Carlos Obando
Juan Carlos Obando’s latest pared down collection consisting of 10 looks marks his first foray into Resort. The Colombian-born designer focused his attention on two opposing forces: the realistic and the fantastical. Practical (and marketable) silk blouses and flattering pencil skirts blend harmoniously with dreamy and dramatic sweeping skirts. Each separate holds a tremendous amount of mix-and-match potential; silk and wool shorts, for example, transition seamlessly from casual daytime into glamorous evening. Moreover, Obando’s signature washing and dyeing processes add depth and texture to the sophisticated pieces.