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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
It’s just fab!
xx – Ana