Highlights from Cruise Collections 2016

Even though a big part of the shopping public is unaware of the term, Cruise collections (aka resort or holiday collections) have, in the past few years, found their own place in the spotlight. Originally designed to serve wealthy women’s needs when traveling to warm destinations during the colder months, these collections have successfully become an ideal friend, filling both time and shelves between the annual Fashion Weeks.

The thing with such collections is that the target group in now mostly consisted of buyers, looking to refresh their wardrobe without having to wait for the next season’s lines’ release. The fabrics that are always at peak demand are linen, cotton, poplin, silk and denim, all for they are breathable, lightweight and therefore ideal for warm climates. Lately, lighter and softer forms of leather and suede (suedette) have made their way in such lines. These collections play an important financial part, too, being in stores for a period longer than the seasonal ones.

This year designers showed great love for vintage, classic lines and metallic fabrics. So far, we have seen that Dior went for checked and striped patterns, chose layers to add volume and girly details to complement the strictly pointy shoes.

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Photos: Gianni Pucci / Indigitalimages.com

  • Chanel went back in time, introducing multiple versions of the it’s well known tweed and all time classic shoes. K-pop references (the show took place in Seoul), geo patterns, rainbowish colors, riffled and embellished fabrics gave the catwalk a playful, yet elegant, sense.

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Photos: Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com

  • Class is what Marc Jacobs, too, chose to base his collection on. Filled with bejeweled and embroidered pieces, this line reflected perfectly the designer’s personal style, consisted of mainly black & white and just a few bold red parts.

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Photos: Courtesy of Marc Jacobs

  • Gucci went the vintage way, as well, creating a colorful picturesque show with both retro and Western influences. Chevron stripes, lace and florals gracing pussy-bow blouses and midi skirts, all paired with – the stars of the latest seasons – mules and lace-up gladiator heels, made the collection look as if it was taken out of a 40’s starlet’s wardrobe.

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Photos: Courtesy of Gucci

  • Comfort seems to have turned into *the* fashion motto, playing the leading part in the latest runway shows. That said, Louis Vuitton used a darker palette and a unique kind of elegance for the makings of it’s new resort collection. Minimalistic, yet ethereal, long lines, moto inspired pieces, leather and gothic details gave the show diversity and nerve.

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Photos: Alessandro Garofalo / Indigitalimages.com

  • See-through attire, made essentially from lace, mesh and chiffon, is the basic concept for this year’s resort collection, as for Burberry Prorsum. Well played animal prints, trench and fur coats broke the romantic pattern making the collection multifaceted and truly enviable.

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Photos: Courtesy of Burberry Prorsum

  • Safari is the main theme for Alberta Ferretti‘s collection, with minimalistic black and light tan outfits following the bold oriental essence of the line’s basic pieces. Looking at the dresses, I kind of recalled every maxi Abu Dhabi outfit I saw on the 2nd Sex & the City movie. Just saying though.

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Photos: Courtesy of Alberta Ferretti

  • Michael Kors introduced a very representative line, with mainly minimalistic outfits, enriched with retro cuts and geo patterns, a very resort-like collection indeed.

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Photos: Courtesy of Michael Kors

  • Fendi also kept it retro – yet, having chosen delighful ladylike patterns and cuts, combined them with more austere vibes (like moto inspired pieces) and darker hues (like khaki, tan and black), giving, eventually, a truly impressive result.

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Photos: Courtesy of Fendi

  • Japanese prints, western, frills, fringes, denim, suedette, leather, lace – this year Just Cavalli had it all. Huge diversity and fancy vibes give the impression that the designers of the House definitely just had fun creating this collection.

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Photos: Courtesy of Just Cavalli

  • Whimsical and poetic was Valentino’s current resort collection, looking as if it has been designed to fit fairies. Romantic maxi lines, made mainly of lace and chiffon, adorned with 3D florals and playful seams were the main attraction of this line, making it undoubtedly competitive.

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Photos: Courtesy of Valentino



And this was only a small part of the amazing collections shown for the year following.

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