Style Icons: Female,Style Icons: Male »Best of Resort, Part II

Skirts really got the royal treatment, most impressively with this amazing Matthew Williamson embellished number from an over all wonderful Asian inspired collection. Pairing with a button down shirt is in line with with prim and proper trend of the season.

No. 21 gives us another lovely knee length skirt that is both casual with its pockets and loose fit but textured with fancy lace making it equally at home at the soiree of your choice. This look also comes from a great overall collection worth taking a look at for other sartorial inspiration.

Marc Jacobs juxtaposes the slate grey that permeated his collection with this fun, airy hot pink skirt that I am sure we will be seeing in the pages of the magazines to come. Again, the hi lo mixing is so much fun. I hope this trend of dramatic skirts that can be dressed up or be worn down trickles down to H&M, etc. This is one wardrobe piece I’d love to find.

A skirt of a different note is this bumblebee pencil from Burberry (yet another great collection) that manages to evoke the 1960’s while looking totally modern. Love the high waist and the bold colors and would not say no to that trench next door as a perfect walking-in-the-meadows-on-a-summer-day-after-the-rain look. Though it would probably look just as chic for a rushing-to-get-home-after-coming-out-of-the-subway-to-find-it-raining-and-I-have-no-umbrella-look that we all tend to sport one time or another.

Wearable dresses. There were lots of them and it made me very happy. We’ll start with Anna Sui, whose over styling and sometimes cartoonish looks feel dated but within this collection we find this awesome, print mixed cotton dress. I’d wear this pretty much constantly if I were able. The subdued colors are perfect and it’s effortlessly chic. Love it

Speaking of love, Rebecca Taylor does wonderful things with color with this look. It’s prairie (a trend that got a huge exclamation point on it from Rodarte’s last collection) meets the big city with the pops of brights against grey. I have nothing in these colors but will be on the look out to remedy that fact.

Chloe highlighted the wearabilty of the collection by presenting the looks in a street style photo shoot. This mint green pleated dress is just simple and gorgeous. Looks interesting anchored by those pretty fabulous buckle heels but I can see myself in something like this, barefoot for a beach wedding (now I just need to find a beach wedding to crash).

Jason Wu’s collection made me think of The Lover, a forbidden romance set in 1929 Vietnam (doesn’t everyone seem to be drawing inspiration from Southeast Asia? and doesn’t it feel perfect?). This lovely dress, paired ingeniously with that world traveler hat (ok – so I know the next hat I need to find – but anyone know what a hat like this would be called?) is so pretty and I just have to mention, speaking of pretty, robin’s egg and white wainscoting, sigh.

Dresses weren’t just pretty though. Stuff got edgy and unusual. I particularly love this hippie meets the future dress from Peter Pilotto – the print, the shape, the neckline details, everything about it is unique and awesome.

Balenciaga played with shape too and it looks radical with this sharp shoulder low waist dress that also features a trend I haven’t mentioned but still love – hints of animal prints on solids. Look around, you’ll be seeing it everywhere.

Roksanda Ilincic’s collection was sweet. She channeled the 1940’s and offered the looks of that era in an entirely new light. This bright green color block dress was one of my favorites, and of course, you know I love my turbans.

I am pro dress over pants. I know, I know, it seems like it should never work, but this look from Acne helps my side of the argument.

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Posted on June 23, 2011

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