Pamella Roland Resort 2016

Pamella Roland Resort 2016. Image PAMELLA ROLAND

Lake Michigan… what a beautiful place! So beautiful that it served as the starting point for Pamella Roland’s 2016 Resort offering! With all that the lake has to offer to an appreciative mind, it’s no surprise that Ms. Roland chose to pay homage to the location’s stunning natural scenery and easy summers she’s whiled away at her lakefront home. “I had my design team there last year, and they were like, ‘Oh my gosh, the sunsets here!’” Ms. Roland remarked. I say this all the time- inspiration is everywhere folks, open your eyes and recognize it. Ms. Roland did and look at the result!

Pamella Roland Resort 2016. Image PAMELLA ROLAND

Lake Michigan has been translated into a gorgeous colour palette based on its breath taking…everything; the sky, the clouds and glorious sunsets were expressed in deep fuchsia, frosty white and sorbet shades of orange and pink, while the lake itself was referenced by a spectrum of shades of blue.

Pamella Roland Resort 2016. Image PAMELLA ROLAND

Waves- the actual movement of water- were a major theme in this collection and Ms. Roland and her team employed numerous decorative techniques to mimic this motion and the lightness of the surf. Glossy, floral patterned embossing on ocean blue silk subtly referenced rippling currents, as did the skilful ‘lines’ that patterned several gowns in form alternating bands of sheer and opaque fabric and stripes dyed in two shades of deepest blue.

Pamella Roland Resort 2016. Image PAMELLA ROLAND

Particularly gorgeous ornamental work was seen on a midi-length cocktail dress that riffed on rippling waters with gradient-effect beading in four shades of milky blue, while another sheaf featured waves of brushstroke like fabric strips over its sheer bodice. Less subtle imagery was seen in the silvery sequin-encrusted 3-D waves on the bustier bodice of a pale blue ballgown… striking, yes, but it’s a touch too much of a literal translation for my taste.

Pamella Roland Resort 2016. Image PAMELLA ROLAND

Madigan’s glorious sunsets were invoked in a number of peachy-hued confections: a meringue pink cocktail frock with a billowing full skirt, a peach and rose ombré- dyed gown and an orange floral lace jumpsuit were just a few of the show stopping pieces.

Pamella Roland Resort 2016. Image PAMELLA ROLAND

For Resort 2016, Ms. Roland and her team wanted to create garments that were light but still felt appropriately important in the context of her brand. There was indeed an airiness here that’s a development on Ms. Roland’s normally elaborate aesthetic.

Pamella Roland Resort 2016. Image PAMELLA ROLAND

Although there were some missteps shown (a pair of multi-coloured rose-print tiered frocks, a white gown with 3-D vines on the bodice and that wavy bustier gown), I’m really impressed with this collection on the whole. I’m surprised at the variety of daytime looks presented here- it shows real growth in Ms. Roland’s skill, and while these garments aren’t casual, there’s a relaxed, unlaced look to every design. To me it all looks very vintage; what I’d imagine a glamourous 60’s housewife would pack for a vacation in the Hamptons.

Pamella Roland Resort 2016. Image PAMELLA ROLAND

Pamella Roland Resort 2016 is a great collection- elegant, subtly graphic, slightly sculptural and luxuriously detailed with just the right amount of comfortable ease. Resort as it should be.

Pamella Roland Resort 2016. Image PAMELLA ROLAND

Just lovely!

Xx – Ana

Philipp Plein Resort 2016

Philipp Plein Resort 2016. Image PHILIPP PLEIN

Black leather and biker studs aren’t materials that you’d usually associate with resort wear- but they were widely seen within Philipp Plein’s 2014 Resort Collection. Mr. Plein has always designed with the rock and roll look in mind, but this season’s offering appealed far more to the happy, rocksteady club chick than it did to the grungy, tough- as- nails punk that previous seasons have brought to mind. I thought it was pretty cool.

Philipp Plein Resort 2016. Image PHILIPP PLEIN

For this collection, Mr. Plein was inspired by contemporary art’s appropriation of pop culture, referencing Marcel Duchamp’s “Readymades” series (art pieces constructed out of re-purposed everyday manufactured objects), along with the work of pop artist, Sylvie Fleury.

Philipp Plein Resort 2016. Image PHILIPP PLEIN

Today’s popular “emoji” trend was a big theme, resulting in the crystallized and pixelated prints that covered practically every piece in the collection. Mr. Plein emblazoned bomber jackets, mini dresses, trousers and coats with everything from thumbs-up signs and hearts to smiley faces, Tamagotchi starbursts and Pac-Man faces constructed out of Swarovski crystals, studs, spikes and sequins. These looks are really for the brave of heart, but they’d be fabulous inclusions to anyone’s wardrobe.

Philipp Plein Resort 2016. Image PHILIPP PLEIN

Less daring ornamentation was seen in a black and white abstract hexagonal print and in hyper-bright blue, red and white starbursts that gave a graphic update to plainly-cut tunics, trench coats and flirty mini dresses. Elsewhere, crystallized studs, sharp metal spikes and sequins were used to pep up the collection’s more demure looks… which, by the way, were made out of shiny black leather and lace.

Philipp Plein Resort 2016. Image PHILIPP PLEIN

On the whole, it’s a fabulous collection and I absolutely love it! It don’t play into the traditional look of resort wear- but Mr. Plein has always designed against the grain. This collection is made for paryting in and the garments are perfect for clubbing, concerts and raves- which is exactly what today’s young, high- income group do while vacationing.

Philipp Plein Resort 2016. Image PHILIPP PLEIN

My favourite pieces include a crystal-embellished spaghetti- strapped jumpsuit, a black leather mini dress with a lacey neckline, a pair of slouchy sequinned black and white trousers, a monochrome minidress with a flirty pleated skirt, a studded leather blazer, a starburst- patterned tunic blouse and skirt and a black and white mini shift. Be still my heart!

Philipp Plein Resort 2016. Image PHILIPP PLEIN

On the whole, this collection is quite adaptable and with proper styling, it would be much easier to incorporate these looks into your everyday dressing than many might think. Any of the embellished leather jackets and printed outwear pieces can be thrown over your everyday ensembles, the graphic shiftdresses could transition from office to evening, the trim leather trousers can be worn almost anywhere, while the sexy leather mini dresses can carry you from cocktail parties to the club with the smallest styling tweaks. I LOVE a versatile collection, and this definitely is one.

Philipp Plein Resort 2016. Image PHILIPP PLEIN

What a refreshingly sexy inclusion to this season’s slew of resort releases! Philipp Plein’s 2016 Resort Collection is a fiercely fabulous trip- it’s the perfect embodiment of the humorous side of loud luxury dressing. It’s pop-art fabulous and street-style perfect and I love almost every look presented!

Philipp Plein Resort 2016. Image PHILIPP PLEIN

It’s just fab!

xx – Ana

Friday Fierceness!

Double Take- Dual Friday Fierceness!*

Gorgeous duo: (top) Rianne ten Haken for El Pais Semanal June 2015, (bottom) Maud Welzen for Elle Italia June 2015. Image EL PAIS SEMANAL/SERGI PONS/ELLE ITALIA/CAROLA BIANCHI

*With two fabulous beach eaditorials to choose from who could pick just one shot?

Calma Estival (Summer Calm)- El Pais Semanal June 2015

Swimsuit: Norma Kamali. Image EL PAIS SEMANAL/SERGI PONS

Model: Rianne ten Haken
Photographer: Sergi Pons
Stylist: Elisabetta Dal Bello
Hair, makeup: Monica Marmo

La Isla Bonita (the Beautiful Island)- Elle Italia July 2015

Gown: Roberto Cavalli. Image ELLE ITALIA/CAROLA BIANCHI

Model: Maud Welzen
Photographer: Carola Bianchi
Stylist: David Burton
Hair: Leslie Thibaud
Makeup: Cosetta Giorgetti

Friday Fierceness!

“Born Free”- Porter Magazine #9 Summer Escape 2015

Vest: Giuseppi Zanotti, Bikini: La Perla, Boots: Etro, Jewels: Aurélie Bidermann, Shamballa Jewels. Image PORTER MAGAZINE/DAVID BELLEMERE

Model: Magdalena Frackowiak
Photographer: David Bellemere
Stylist: Huynh Utzmann
Hair: Brian Buenaventura
Makeup: Tatsu Yamanaka

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2016

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2016. Image WWD

Bright florals and generously feminine silhouettes have been a major part of almost every Monique Lhuillier release to date. For Resort 2015, the designer conjured visions of a lush botanical garden to inspire her collection- which resulted in an offering that is a vivid visual feast of florals!

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2016. Image WWD

This season, Ms. Lhuillier adopted a remarkably fresh approach for her collection; instead of relying on a strict colour palette or theme, she chose to symbolize her ideas through bright fabric prints and ornamentation. It’s quite a novel idea that felt extremely fresh and fun, especially since it played perfectly into Ms. Lhuillier’s signature quirky taste.

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2016. Image WWD

There were lots of ideas at play- Ms. Lhuillier covered almost every look in bright blossoms, staring with a series of flounced dresses and jackets swathed in a busy botanical print. These gave way to vines of twisting blossoms, a vintage English-rose type print in red and blue and a vivid- almost 3D- abstract floral motif. Elsewhere flowers were represented in girly butterfly and flower embroidery, lace patterns and in glimmering crystal and bead appliqués.

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2016. Image WWD

As I mentioned above, Ms. Lhuillier tacked this season’s offering from a new vantage point- leisure was key for Resort 2016. “I wanted it to be feminine and easy; there’s a relaxed element to the clothes… I really just wanted everything to feel more relaxed,” she remarked on her new found method.

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2016. Image WWD

You can immediately sense her laid-back, uninhibited approach in this season’s array of two-piece ensembles and separates: a white tuxedo jacket with an embellished lace back was quite smart, especially when paired with trim white trousers and one of the collection’s versions of crisp white shirt. Elsewhere, there were variations on the chic tunic- and- palazzo- pant pairing in silk faille and lace, there were tie- waist shirtdresses, patterned button-down shirts, tailored trousers, embellished midi-length skirts, sheer khaftans, ruffled bolero jackets and modish shift dresses. Ms. Lhuillier’s sweet, tea party aesthetic was represented in a series of flirty silk faille cocktail dresses with trim bodices and full skirts, and patterned bubble- skirted cocktail minis.

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2016. Image WWD

A series of plainly-cut evening looks in black and white silk brought a refreshing minimalist vibe to the offering, while some standout looks of black lace covered in miniscule butterfly and flower appliqués gave the collection some serious (so fabulous) red- carpet drama.

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2016. Image WWD

My favourite looks include a buttercup yellow shift dress with an embellished floral neckline, a crisp white jumpsuit with cobalt blue piping, a white lace two-piece trouser ensemble, a cocktail gown with a fitted bodice and full skirt covered in bright embroidery and a tie-waist lace shirtdress with a bright blue collar. These looks are fabulous- feminine, elegant and a little kitschy while still remaining eminently wearable and chic.

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2016. Image WWD

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2016 is a fantastic, effortlessly elegant collection and I’m totally loving it! I’m already predicting that this will be a big hit once it hits stores in November as it’s an extremely consumer-friendly collection. Almost every look presented can be worn to most events with event specific styling, while the large array of two-piece ensembles and separates allows buyers the ability to mix and match individual pieces to their hearts content.

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2016. Image WWD

As for me, I’d wear almost any piece from this collection in a heartbeat. I’m getting that gown- it’s just too fab!!

Xx – Ana

Friday Fierceness!

Wunderbar!- Bergdorf Goodman Magazine Pre-Fall 2015

Dress: Roberto Cavalli, Earrings: Jamie Wolf. Image BERGDORF GOODMAN/ARNAUD PYVKA

Model: Daphne Groeneveld
Photographer: Arnaud Pyvka
Stylist: Anne Christensen
Hair: Roberto Pagnini
Makeup: Rie Moto