Resort collections were originally developed for those who holiday after the holidays in warm-weather climates. With weather like ours, you may as well skip the dreary colors and start shopping resort wear now. I had the opportunity to preview 2013 resort trends at Neiman Marcus yesterday at a presentation featuring Neiman Marcus Fashion Director for Women’s Accessories, AnaMaria Pimentel, who flew in from New York to pull outfits available in our Fashion Valley store. Here are my takeaways.
As you may recall, navy was a neutral for fall 2012. This season’s resort wear collections feature a more electric blue that I love, which can be matched with black or a splash of color. Or, how about that metallic Chanel backpack on the above outfit? Turquoise, royal blue and lighter blues are present too, especially in the shoe department.
Orange Is The New Neutral
I’ve wanted an orange handbag for a while and now it looks like there will be plenty on offer. From accessories to dresses, your resort wardrobe needs orange. I saw a gorgeous orange Prada handbag on this rack, along with the Leila Rose ruched orange and white dress. All shades of orange will do.
I also could have happily walked away with the black Gucci tunic on the right paired with gold leather pants for a chic casual look. Sigh.
Black and White Prints
The shoes on the left paired with the white Fendi bag were a huge hit with the crowd in attendance. There are no words to describe how soft the material of the ALC dress on the right is. It’s worth every penny of the $695 price tag. Matched with Louboutin wedge boots and perfect accessories, that outfit screamed, “buy me” (except for the fur–I can’t do fur).
Electric Colors for Evening Wear
The bright red, silk Alexander McQueen dress was a stunner and I regret not taking a better photo of the lime green dress with removable shrug. Ditch black and go bold, if you have the opportunity to dress to the nines.
The Arm Party: More bracelets are better. Have a look at the jewel-toned accessories complimenting the red dress above. There are no words.
Statement purses: I saw a lot of conversation-piece purses with detail, color, fringe, beads–you name it. Below, the frog is a Judith Leiber (but you probably guessed that).
Also pictured are “one-cocktail” Christian Louboutins (because I would fall in a heel that high after a few drinks), the Luna shoe from Charlotte Olympia and an example of the above-referenced “arm party.”
Return to the pointy pump: Shoes are all about balance. Go for a chunky or busy shoe with a simple outfit. Or, choose a classic, pointed pump with an ankle strap paired with prints. The ankle strap is key for resort wear this season and the gold ones below are by Manolo Blahnik. Expect pointy shoes to make a comeback.
Smoking slippers: Ditch the ballet flats and go with a nice tuxedo or smoking slipper. I am obsessed with the Charlotte Olympia Kitty smoking slipper, which I heard today she designed while pregnant. I can tell her shoes are favorites of Neiman Marcus staff and stylists in-the-know and I’m going to need to break down and buy a pair.
Jacket over the shoulders: Don’t wear it, drape it for a more casual look.
I always leave these events motivated to redo my entire wardrobe. Which is your favorite 2013 resort trend?