By  on June 20, 2012

Resort, which started more than five weeks ago with Chanel’s traditional extravaganza, this one at Versailles, is petering toward its close. In a strong season, the good clothes have ranged from appealing to exciting. So good, so far, but the season is far from where it needs to be. I’ll start with the negative so as to end with the positive.

Resort remains way, way, way too long. If the fashion associations of the four cities in primary rotation can plan out spring and fall in a reasonable manner (albeit most recently with some petulant sparring between Milan and New York), why can’t resort and pre-fall be handled similarly? This season should be condensed into the three weeks, beginning either immediately following Chanel (May 14 this year), or, if Karl’s schedule is too early, letting Chanel stand alone as its own elaborate thing. The rest could commence on the first Monday of June, CFDA Awards day, with New York, where a majority of the houses show, as the base, and the Europeans who choose to present at home doing so within that same span. The current concentration within the first two weeks of June is a great start; the one European-packed Milk Studios day particularly so.

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