The terms "resort wear" and "cruise collection" conjure images of the storied ladies who lunched, who needed fancy frocks to look swish on their midwinter getaways. The collections were small affairs -- presented to buyers in a designer's showroom -- consisting mostly of sailor looks for those popular tropical haunts.
Now, however, resort is a real business, with real clothes for (you guessed it) real women. Perhaps it's a response to the growing prevalence of luxury goods. Or perhaps it's simply a reaction to living in constant climate control where seasons are irrelevant. Today's cruise pieces are as common at the office as they are on the lido deck.
This season, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada both offer subtle florals, while Michael Kors keeps it casual by putting pockets into a full pleated cotton skirt.
And such new designers as Peter Som, Rachel Roy and Thakoon are joining the powerhouses with their own collections of timeless basics. Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez created a line reminiscent of resort collections one part "Out of Africa" and one part '70s spangle.
Even shoes are being marketed to the resort customer, such as the medallion patent thongs by Casadei and the wood-heeled sandals by Stella McCartney.
Such seasonless classics will endure, whether you're traveling by yacht, plane or armchair.
-- Cory Ohlendorf