Fashion: All at sea? Not a bit of it
Sunday 14 June 2009
It's hot, then cold, then hot again. Who's to know how we should be dressing in a world that no longer has any discernible climate? Designers, that's who. They know the importance of a trans-seasonal wardrobe more than most, and that's why they were showing their cruise collections in New York last week.
Cruise, or "resort" as it's known by some, is an interesting concept that bridges the gap between autumn and summer collections. Arriving in the shops in January, it's designed for warmer climes and the grande dames who holiday in them. After all, your average Joe has no need for a pair of hotpants in February.
But where cruise collections were once the esoteric preserve of tencel trousers and a tropical-print kaftan, nowadays they serve several more practical purposes. They're a commercial must for fashion houses whose main collection is beginning to look a little tired after three months of editorial coverage and another three on the shop floor, injecting a little pizzazz and hinting at what's to come in the summer. Fashion tyrant Anna Wintour loves a bit of cruise, because the micro-campaigns buff up her ad revenue during the leaner months after Christmas.
It'll also perk up your wardrobe: hybridisation is key, so look for pieces that will work in hot and cold. Marc Jacobs' stripe dress goes with bare legs, tights or over jeans, and Alexander Wang's goddess dress in sporty marl-grey jersey is glam but casual. Over at Prada, there were bold, smart shirts tucked into bikini bottoms – it's certainly one way of letting the office know you're about to hit the beach for a couple of weeks.
Life & Style blogs
- 1 Liam Gallagher brands Kanye West 'utter s**t' during BRIT Awards performance
- 2 Isis burns thousands of books and rare manuscripts from Mosul's libraries
- 3 People who sleep more than eight hours are more likely to have a stroke, research shows
- 4 Kanye West climbs on table at Nando's to crowd chants of 'Yeezus' before Brit Awards 2015 performance of 'All Day'
- 5 New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
£23000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This small, friendly, proactive...
£14500 - £22800 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Software Developer is required to join a lea...
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: A first rate opportunity to join a top ranking...