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Resort 2012 Reviews – Oscar, Cavalli and Bottega

The Resort 2012 Collection shows took place earlier this week featuring a few standout lines. For most designers Resort collections make up the bulk of sales for the entire year. Often selling out entire lines in just mere weeks or months.

Renzo Rosso put out his first Just Cavalli collection, with a Sixties-inspired rockabilly mood for resort, showing superyoung and supercool pieces like cropped tuxedo jackets in contrasting colors or studded leather biker jackets that were paired with slim cotton pants in bold tones or skinny jeans. And my favorite animal print that peeked out from an ubershort balloon dress and on a flowy asymmetric tunic.

While Oscar de la Renta riffed on the works of Picasso and Braque with party-ready dresses and separates covered in patchwork prints, appliqués and embroideries. Not to mention ladylike tweeds with a plethora of nubby textures and graphic patterns. The result were dramatic, vivacious, lively and sexy..

But de la Renta deftly went beyond the Cubist and forayed into a host of Spanish references paying homage to the Spanish centric Picasso (who lived much of his life in Paris but remained true to Espana) . Bullfighting, and flamenco heavily peppered Picasso’s work.” And to that end de la Renta added flamboyant ruffles circling sleeves and cascading like a waterfall down the back of gowns, retro-classic polka dot patterns blanketing cocktail dresses; pom-poms dangling off shoes, and crafty paper hats. And the requisite cropped boleros and easy pullovers and cardigans, — some models sported playful brooches and dangling earrings in the shape of the stringed instrument.

Lastly at Bottega Veneta, It was all about the Hitchcock blonde. Tomas Maier is in a forward-thinking state of mind for Resort.

This collection was fresh, easy and chic . Maier lives part-time in Palm Beach, which give him the insight into the kind of clothes women want to wear in hot climates. The juxtaposition of harder structures with softer fabrics makes this the perfect wearable collection.. A pair of corseted and boned body-con dresses stood out even though the designer played it cool by teaming them with understated little leather jackets. Another pair of opposites: neutrals and hyper-saturated colors. A simple taupe shift was embellished with turquoise chiffon and classic trenches redone in a modern way made me swoon. Not to forget a trim, tan leather coat came accessorized with a red nappa leather tote. I loved that nothing in the collection felt stiff or dated.

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