Best of Resort 2013

The most memorable looks from the latest resort collections.

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Bottega Veneta
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Bottega Veneta
Maier's more classic silhouettes had a '20s-era sensibility, with slouchy tee-blouses paired with to-the-knee pencil skirts. Interestingly, the label updated its signature "intrecciato" woven handbags with Japanese paper fabrications and metal details.
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Chanel
Karl Lagerfeld offered one of his liveliest showings to date with a collection inspired by Versailles in socialist France. Frou-frou details—like lace cuffs and ruffled collars—gave looks a "Sun King" swagger, while the slouchy silhouettes lent a hip-hop vibe.
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Chanel
The silhouette at Chanel was certainly longer than in recent seasons (which were dominated by super-mini lengths). Here, a porcelain blue tweed skirt suit cut to the ankle is paired with "creeper" style platforms.
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Just Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli explored saturated, Indian-inspired colors for his diffusion collection, Just Cavalli, mixing mirrored florals (specifically Venus Flytraps and palm fronds) with his signature animal prints.
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Cavalli
While certain pieces—like this mirror-print cocktail dress—could easily work for evening, Cavalli dressed them down with sporty baseball hats and cheeky "bling" like mixed-chain bracelets.
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DKNY
Sleek and chic, DKNY's restrained resort collection featured wintery basics like tuxedo-style frock coats and wide-leg trousers paired with younger, flirtier separates like see-through silk blouses and bright mini-dresses.
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DKNY
Our favorite looks, however, were those that incorporated a nubby, exaggerated houndstooth motif. This simple wool car coat, for example, features tough leather sleeves and black piping.
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Erdem
This season, Erdem's classic, ladylike silhouettes took a moody turn with Rorschach-like prints and patterns.
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Erdem
Erdem also explored playful new fabric treatments for the resort season, incorporating pops of bold neon lace into these elegant skirted-lace dresses.
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Oscar de la Renta
While Oscar de la Renta's resort collection was dominated by familiar brand signatures—including skirt suits, frilly daytime dresses and shrunken tweedy jackets—there were a few surprises in the mix, including this funky, drunken-plaid suit.
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Oscar de la Renta
We were also keen on de la Renta's electric blue looks. The wobbling, uneven plaid motif gave classic silhouettes—like this prim pencil skirt and short jacket combo—a more modern feel.
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Band of Outsiders
For the resort season, Scott Sternberg looked to classic California architecture like Bauhaus buildings and the Eames residence in Pacific Palisades for inspiration. The results were still imminently wearable, however, with slouchy terrycloth separates and cheeky sailboat and stripe motifs.
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Band of Outsiders
Sternberg's contrasting yellow, red and blue stripes create a dizzying effect on this pullover parka and matching pencil skirt.
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Carven
Carven's sassy printed skirt suits are all we'll want to wear on vacation escapes next winter. Here, a tweedy melon-orange number with a subtly flared skirt.
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Carven
A poppy pink sundress with a flouncy pouf skirt pairs perfectly with the brand's new, color-blocked tote bags.
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Celine
Celine offered updated basics for its resort season, including this double-breasted cream blazer and matching cream trousers with a softly flared hem.
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Celine
Splashes of leopard print give the new Celine season a burst of personality, especially when styled with classic whites and simple silhouettes.
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Chloe
Chloe's ethereal resort collection was one of our favorites of the season. This classically feminine look consists of a perforated silk skirt, long gauzy blouse and simple gray leather tote.
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Chloe
Color-blocked pullovers (spotted at Band of Outsiders and Derek Lam) were to trending for the resort season. We loved the way Chloe styled the look with more elaborate separates and sky-high sandals.
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Givenchy
Givenchy's geometric paisley prints were some of the most mesmerizing of the season. This long maxi features a white square motif printed on a more traditional scarf pattern.
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Givenchy
Givenchy's dramatic lace-up combat boots—here shown with a geometric skirt and bright red blouse—are sure to be high on editors' wishlists next season.
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Jenni Kayne
Jenni Kayne's signature blend of easy-chic separates and cheeky accessories came together perfectly for resort, with classic tweed suiting (like this tan tweed number) and mint green shoes.
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Jenni Kayne
It may be intended as a warm-weather piece, but this tweedy overcoat with contrasting black piping could easily be layered over cozy knits next winter.
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10 Crosby Derek Lam
For resort, Derek Lam explored sporty motifs for his diffusion collection, 10 Crosby, with colorblocked baseball blouses and fitted, stripey trousers.
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10 Crosby
Even more feminine pieces like this long, slouchy maxi dress had a certain athletic appeal, with zig-zagging patterns and cross-hatched stripes.
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Derek Lam
Lam tried more classically girlish looks for his main collection, pairing cow-print mini-skirts with luxe, leathery blouses.
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Derek Lam
For a jolt of color, Lam added bright leather pieces like this ruby red shell top layered over a stripey tee and classic pencil skirt.
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Lanvin
Alber Elbaz played with traditional menswear pieces for Lanvin's resort season, with cropped, double-breasted blazers, French cuffs and printed neckties.
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Lanvin
Our favorites men's-inspired looks, however, were Lanvin's exaggerated gaucho pantsuits, which paired slim tuxedo blazers with cropped trousers.
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Phillip Lim
Inspired by his own NYC garden, Phillip Lim put his signature spin on classic floral patterns for resort. This belted black dress, for example, is finished with patchworked sequin lilies.
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Phillip Lim
Lim also experimented with the mirror-print trend that showed up at Stella McCartney and Versace this spring with matching floral-print crop tops and slim skirts.
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Alexander Wang
After a heavy fall season with laminated leather and pleather materials, Wang lightened his look for resort with gauzy silks and sheer chiffon materials.
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Alexander Wang
Wang's breezy silk trench coat feels exactly right for the resort season but still offers a hint of urban "edge" paired with patent booties and long leather culottes.
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