RESORT 2022

Dior Gets Into the Olympic Spirit

Plus more of the best looks from the latest resort collections.

by W Staff
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Model in Dior Cruise 2022
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While New York Fashion Week this September is shaping up to be the most eventful ever, we’re not quite there yet. Before the fashion crowds return to NYC en masse and Hollywood descends upon the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s steps for the first of two Met Galas, there are the resort collections to see. Unlike in years past when designers have seized upon the cruise moment to present their designs in far-flung resort destinations in front of large crowds, fashion houses are still playing it safe and delivering their creations via short fashion films and inventive lookbooks. Although the digital show format is a convenient, low-key experience for those viewing from their couch, the clothes themselves have become more colorful and daring—suggesting what wardrobes need now, more than ever, are a heavy dose of fun. Check back here often as we track the latest and most exciting looks from the cruise collections.

Christian Dior
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The Look: Greek goddess gowns worn with chunky futuristic sneakers, logo-heavy activewear complete with matching gym bags, elevated track sets.

The Inspiration: Clothes that offer ease of movement and Greek history from the ancient times to now.

Christian Dior
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Christian Dior
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Louis Vuitton
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The Look: Glittering cocktail dresses for nights out, high-waisted trousers and blouses fit for the office, and tailoring ripe for reopening.

The Inspiration: Space travel.

Louis Vuitton
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Louis Vuitton
Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Balmain
Courtesy of Balmain

The Look: Print-focused, bohemian wears with a touch of ‘90s pop star influence, for the world traveler itching to get back on a plane.

The Inspiration: Designer Olivier Rousteing’s parents’ roots in Somalia and Ethiopia, plus a trip to the exhibition “Divas, from Oum Kalthoum to Dalida” at the Arab World Institute in Paris.

Balmain
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Balmain
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MM6 Maison Margiela
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The Look: A touch of neon here, a structured button-down shirt there, with a splash of moto and denim.

The Inspiration: French surrealism.

MM6 Maison Margiela
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MM6 Maison Margiela
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Anna Sui
Courtesy of Anna Sui

The Look: Boho-chic meets streetwear.

The Inspiration: The designer watched the 1921 film Enchantment, then went down a rabbit hole on the furniture designer Joseph Urban.

Anna Sui
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Anna Sui
Courtesy of Anna Sui
Oscar de la Renta
Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

The Look: Textiles-focused eveningwear, with an emphasis on florals.

The Inspiration: Coming to a red carpet near you.

Oscar de la Renta
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Oscar de la Renta
Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta
Zimmermann
Courtesy of Zimmermann

The Look: Vacation. Period.

The Inspiration: Escapism and unadulterated joy.

Zimmermann
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Zimmermann
Courtesy of Zimmermann
Proenza Schouler
Courtesy Proenza Schouler

The Look: Cozy shearling coats, a blend of feminine and masculine silhouettes, grounded comfortable footwear, and a new classic carryall, the Dia Day bag.

The Inspiration: Ease and practicality for reemerging into the world with a polished presence and “celebrating the joy and pleasure of dressing up again,” per the collection notes.

Proenza Schouler
Courtesy Proenza Schouler
Proenza Schouler
Courtesy Proenza Schouler
Carolina Herrera
Courtesy Carolina Herrera

The Look: Floral and frilly party frocks, easy separates and floor-length dresses made for picnics in the park.

The Inspiration: “Travel. Friends. Dancing. I designed Resort as a wardrobe for an imaginary 24-hour getaway,” Wes Gordon said in the collection statement. “Fly with me to our favorite place. Let’s have a long lunch together on the beach. Explore town and stay up all night at a party, barefoot on the grass. Life is a celebration, and this is a collection for living life to the maximum.”

Carolina Herrera
Courtesy Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera
Courtesy Carolina Herrera
Gabriela Hearst
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The Look: Lace and crochet pieces that honor the sacred geometric architecture and drawings of native peoples. Intarsia knit sweaters featuring the landscapes of Machu Picchu, Teotihuacan, Aspen, and Yellowstone. Dresses with agate embellishments. A retro patchwork suit made from deadstock denim.

The Inspiration: The Jipitecas of the ‘60s and their reverence for master craftsmanship, human rights, the cosmos and a deeper connection to the land.

Gabriela Hearst
Zoe Ghertner/Courtesy Gabriela Hearst
Gabriela Hearst
Zoe Ghertner/Courtesy Gabriela Hearst
Tory Burch
Courtesy Tory Burch

The Look: Comfortable, voluminous silhouettes from loose skirts to balloon hem pants. Playful polka dots, soft knit and crushed velvet dresses to be worn with easy ballet flats.

The Inspiration: “Glamour and irreverence,” Tory Burch said in the collection notes, Our collection is a celebration of fantasy, conveying a renewed sense of hope, escape and, quite simply, what we want to wear when we can go out again.”

Tory Burch
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Tory Burch
Courtesy Tory Burch
Victor Glemaud
Courtesy Victor Glemaud

The Look: Soft, wearable, versatile but sensual knitwear (as modeled by Leyna Bloom).

The Inspiration: Practicality, the female form, classic American sportswear.

Victor Glemaud
Courtesy Victor Glemaud
Victor Glemaud
Courtesy Victor Glemaud
Chloé
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The Look: Sustainable knit dresses and sneakers, circular denim that utilizes deadstock fabric, and laser-cut coats and bags—all made from carefully sourced textiles in keeping with creative director Gabriela Hearst’s mission to minimize the fashion industry’s environmental footprint.

The Inspiration: Pre-Raphaelite portraiture, the Arts and Crafts movement, romance and according to Hearst, “The fictitious but utterly delicious state of being in love.”

Chloé
Zoe Ghertner/Chloê
Chloé
Zoe Ghertner/Chloé
Coach
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The Look: Vintage nylon skiwear and shearling coats mixed with feminine dresses and blouses, easy chain strap bags, and socks with sandals.

The Inspiration: “A sense of adventure and our hopes for tomorrow,” Stuart Vevers said in the show notes. “The experience I envisioned for our return to the runway combines all that we loved about live shows in the past with all that we’ve learned in the past year.”

Coach
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Coach
Courtesy Coach

Christopher John Rogers
Emmanuel Monsalve/Courtesy Christopher John Rogers

The Look: Amazing technicolor coats, knits, and gowns in graphic patterns.

The Inspiration: Optimism and joy. Fresh off his popular collaboration with Target, Christopher John Rogers remains the designer for those looking to feel good.

Christopher John Rogers
Emmanuel Monsalve/Courtesy Christopher John Rogers
Christopher John Rogers
Emmanuel Monsalve/Courtesy Christopher John Rogers
Brandon Maxwell
Venetia Scott/Courtesy Brandon Maxwell

The Look: A riot of prints made in collaboration with interior design company Voutsa and splashed across ladylike body-skimming silhouettes.

The Inspiration: The feeling of home. According to Maxwell in a press release: “The collection was ultimately a reflection of my sanctuary. The interior spaces I love spending time in are wild: saturated with prints, colors, and textures. I used this collection as a framework for revisiting ideas of comfort and luxury while upending the signatures people have come to expect.”

Brandon Maxwell
Venetia Scott/Courtesy Brandon Maxwell
Brandon Maxwell
Venetia Scott/Courtesy Brandon Maxwell
Chanel
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The Look: A predominantly black and white color palette. Pop-punk fishnets, studs, leather fringe, crochet, and concert-ready tees featuring the model Lola Nicon.

The Inspiration: Virginie Viard drew inspiration from Provence, the film Testament of Orpheus, and letters exchanged between poet Jean Cocteau and Coco Chanel as well as the late Stella Tennant and her rebellious spirit.

Chanel
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Chanel
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