Resort week is not about the clothes anymore, it has swiftly transformed into an excuse for an extravagant mini-vacation in exotic pockets of the world,and why not? Isn’t that what defines resort anyway? A perfect getaway.

While we elbow ourselves for space at the other fashion weeks where we’re rubbing shoulder pads and  are packed like sardines, fashion houses seem to have a little elbowing of their own going on this season. One opulent holiday destination followed by another, a paid vacation for journalists accompanied with much jet-lag. To showcase Chanel’s resort collection, Karl Lagerfeld took inspiration from the East. Fortunately there was no chinoiseries or Japanese Cherry blossoms, but an untouched aesthetic and inspiration from the K-pop culture in Seoul. The show was held at Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza, where the design house struck true to form with candy-hued psychedelic prints. It was kitschy and cheesy, but all in good taste as models strutted down in exquisitely tailored outfits sporting plastic frames, coiled black barrettes mounted on their chestnut hair and layers of chunky necklaces.  There were embroidered florals, tweed waistcoats resembling clusters of confetti and a parade of variety jackets paired with ombre pants that resonated the pop culture.

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Christian Dior held it’s show a little closer to home at Le Palais Bulles, an architectural marvel composed of terra-cotta bubbles set into a cliffside halfway between Cannes and Monaco.  The collection itself blended well will the calm surroundings, gingham blouses nipped at the waist, delicate salmon-hued drop-waist dresses and honey-comb mesh jackets. The clothes had a languid ease and fluidity, the looks completed with wind swept hair and minimalist make-up.

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Tomas Maeir’s resort collection defines clothes for luxurious vacationing, here is a selection of garments that are the perfect blend of comfort, practicality and laid-back chic. A punchy colour palette of mandarin and mocha, interspersed with frayed indigo denim, it had all the qualities to create a longing sensation of wanderlust.  Little polka-dot bralletes paired with bermuda shorts, a tailored safari dress with laced up espadrilles and for the men the collection took a sporty turn with sweatpants and more relaxed and slouchy silhouettes. What’s not to love?

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Written by Tanya Mehta

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