Rooted in elevated staples, Theory’s been notable for its take on seasonless, transitional layering to build up a lifestyle wardrobe. The idea is purity in design — great construction in its simplest form, sparse use of color, and a newfound take on sharp tailoring to highlight the female body. Creative director Lisa Kulson approached resort pragmatically, offering capsules that speak to all the varying weather conditions the sales period spans — cold weather, holiday and a precursor to spring — and continuing that vein of timeless elegance.
Statement outerwear was the push for winter with great tonal patchwork shearling bombers that played on texture, leather outerwear with shearling accents, and faux mongolian fur jackets in black or white. An athletic thread ran through ski-inspired chunky knits, technical leggings and graphic track pants and tops suitable for après-ski.
Tonal use of springlike marigold, pink and red on silk blouses and lightweight pants highlighted the brand’s effort to expand past neutrals and into softer, fluid silhouettes. A Nineties influence ran through the cropped sweaters and ribbed knits styled back to low-slung trousers with a bit of flare. It spoke to the origins of Theory with the sexy pant and essential shirt combo.
Where the collection really shined was with holiday offerings. Velvet was cut into trousers that styled back to ruched satin tops, or a blazer emphasizing the shoulder and waist. A sleek coat dress with sharp shoulders was great for the office or cocktails. And dresses, like a body-loving off-shoulder cut with contrasting fabrics, showed a quality of gentle confidence and effortless allure.
See More From the Resort 2018 Collections:
Martha Medeiros Resort 2018: Martha Medeiro’s handmade Brazilian lace collection drew from the arid landscapes of the designer’s native region of Sertão.
Elie Tahari Resort 2018: Elie Tahari designed his heavily embellished resort collection with the mind-set of traveling and escapism.
Sass & Bide Resort 2018: Sophia Berman’s resort collection referenced Casa Batllo, a fantastically decorated home by Antoni Gaudí, to inject a Spanish flare into resort.
Naeem Khan Resort 2018: Naeem Khan’s resort collection was an ode to New York’s Botanical Garden and Miami’s beachside.
Paule Ka Resort 2018: Alithia Spuri-Zampetti gave a bohemian twist to the resort collection with in-depth experimentation with textiles.
Nina Ricci Resort 2018: Guillaume Henry opted for a commedia dell’arte theme and also widened the collection’s price range.