The fashion flock love to fly to the far corners of the world, and for the Resort 2017 collections, a resort stop was the final destination for four fashion houses: from Rio de Janeiro to the countryside of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, Westminster Abbey in London, and Havana in Cuba. After much pondering and procrastinating, here are my edits of favourite styles from each collection.
Christian Dior at Blenheim Palace
What’s not to adore at Dior! Interim designers, Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux arrived at the most luxurious of resort destinations, albeit apparently wet, (the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and the ancestral home of the Spencer-Churchill family), and the home of the Duke of Marlborough in Oxfordshire in England—Blenheim Palace. Presented in the library, the designers combined a twist of French chic with British style. Flamboyant with billowing sleeves, layers over layers, nods to the classic coatdresses, foxhunting prints, and floral print tea dresses—all very wearable.
Gucci at Westminster Abbey
Alessandro Michele’s style simply oozes attitude, and it’s never about one inspiration, rather a slew of multifarious ornamentations, a mash-up of unpredictable references that seem to arrive at a cohesive plume of style. In this collection, gothic and Victorian designs juxtaposed together with the influence of 70s punk and Anarchy, aka Vivienne Westwood descended the historic halls of the cloisters at Westminster Abbey.
Louis Vuitton at Rio de Janeiro
A spectacular and architecturally significant location served as the backdrop for Nicolas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton. Architect Oscar Niemeyer, designed the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum (opened in 1996), not simply a stunning building, the coastline location is breathtaking, a modern marvel. I need to add this destination to my travel bucket list. The collection perfectly paired with its destination and the pending summer Olympics showcased bold, bright colour blocking, body-conscious, athletic wear styles—a refreshing yet polarised perspective compared to the other collections.
Chanel at Havana
Monsieur Lagerfeld doesn’t just design collections he creates fashion stories, gloriously inspired scripts of style that begin as a prose yet end as a verse. So rich in culture, Cuba is a melting pot for inspiration and of course Lagerfeld elaborates the finest of sentiments in casual ensembles. From t-shirts, 50s-inspired prints, denim, brogues and slides, pin stripes, guayabera shirts, Panama hats, cummerbunds, cropped tuxedo jackets, cuffed pants, and of course mixed with classic Chanel tweed—a charming tribute to Cuba.