I’ve been following the fashion shows for, erm, 30-some years — ever since watching Elsa Klensch on CNN Saturday mornings while other kids were watching cartoons — and I can’t ever recall a season where the humble crewneck pullover factored so prominently into collection after collection after collection. In Resort 2014, it shows up reinterpreted more ways than I can count. In knits, leathers, wovens and combinations thereof; solids, patterns and appliques; eyelets and laser-cut “lace.” The list goes on. So much inspiration around simple shapes beautifully rendered. I spent most of Sunday trying to wrangle an epic post detailing a vast array of them, but it was totally unmanageable. In the end, I had to whittle it down to this relatively small pile of images (click to enlarge). You’ll have to follow the links to see all these tops in their full glory. I hope you find something inspiring in it!
TOP ROW: 10 Crosby Derek Lam / Jason Wu / Jonathan Saunders / See by Chloé / Thakoon Addition / Thakoon Addition / A.L.C. / Alexander Lewis
MIDDLE ROW: Jenni Kayne / Jonathan Simkhai / Mary Katrantzou / Michael Kors / Reed Krakoff / Reed Krakoff / Reed Krakoff / Diesel Black Gold / Jason Wu
BOTTOM ROW: Clover Canyon / Chloé / M. Patmos / No. 21 / No. 21 / Pringle of Scotland / Jen Kao / Proenza Schouler / Diesel Black Gold
And, of course, all the knits that have factored into my other Resort 2014 posts …
That’ll be our ICYMI this week: Best of the best of Resort 2014?
I’m in love with this chunky russet sweater, especially paired with that long, layered skirt and flat shoes. Nice to see something a little friendlier from the Olsens for The Row (even if I do love their trademark primness). But they may have gotten carried away with the sideways-cabled and mega-bobbled thing …
Uh oh. Remember how handily Chloé won the Best of the Best of Resort prize last year? You’d think I might have waited for this year’s collection before semi-declaring Marc Jacobs the season’s winner. Although, in the end, I might have to call it a tie — between this and those sweater-skirt combos, I couldn’t possibly choose.
The whole collection is characteristically amazing, by the way. In addition to this sweater, I’ll take looks 14-left (especially those blue boots!) and 31, head to toe.
It’s early to be declaring a Resort 2014 knitwear winner (especially as pullover mania marches on) but oh how I loooooove these slinky rib-knit skirt-and-top combos from Marc Jacobs — perfection with those amazing sandals. That’s gonna be hard to beat.
[UPDATE: Uh oh, we’ve got a contender.]
The Resort 2014 images have been starting to roll in, and it is pullover mania, people. I’ll keep an eye on that developing situation, but meanwhile can we talk about these fantastic Sportmax sweaters? OK, that one on the lower left is only part sweater knit, but that just makes me want to draft a hybrid pattern for myself prrrronto.