Resort coincides with holiday on the retail floor and fittingly accessories designers showed assortments that can do double duty.
Brett Heyman of Edie Parker felt festive with her resort offering, making a variety of novelty games to round out a home collection that she has been working on for a few seasons. “Developing the games took a while, but I think they look unique, original and very exciting,” she said. The bags this season took cues from the works of Henri Matisse, incorporating his sorbet-hued tones and cutout details.
Charlotte Olympia, who recently closed her U.S. stores, is recalibrating to focus on the wholesale market and online presence in the states. For resort, she has party season in mind with Olympia saying the collection is for the “party animal within, using a range of colors textures and leopard prints” on a lineup that includes snakeskin-printed platform sandal pumps, satin mules and brightly colorful slip-on sneakers. On the other hand, Sophia Webster is thinking about getting away, using the culture of Mexico including its colors and ceramic art and woven crafts as inspirations which translated to updates to her signature butterfly winged pumps and silver cowboy boot with butterfly detail stitching.
Furla’s resort collection is the first for the house that is 100 percent fur free. “There have been great strides in technique and today there are synthetic furs that are incredibly beautiful in colors, volume and touch,” said Fabio Fusi, Furla’s creative director. The new material landed on colorful pouchlike bags, keychains and updated versions of the Metropolis bag.
Hayward designer Marin Hopper, daughter to Dennis Hopper, was influenced by the palette of painter David Hockney’s work from the late Sixties and Seventies in Los Angeles. Hopper’s bag range for resort used Hockney’s lens to produce fabrications in cobalt and dusty orange brocades and embroidered leathers in sandy beiges and snakeskin. New for the season is her “field bag” which took its shape from the camera bags of the Sixties and Seventies.
“As I started research for my resort collection, I was drawn to Slim Aarons’ cinematic images from the Fifties with kitten-heeled women vacationing in Palm Beach,” said designer Paul Andrew about his namesake shoe brand’s resort collection. “The color palette is a reflection of the landscape: with vibrant shades of bougainvillea, hibiscus red, lime leaf and swimming pool aqua, grounded with sun-bleached shades of sand, olive and tan.” Two new silhouettes, a micro block heel with a sleek point toe in suede and a square peep toe sandal with spaghetti like ankle straps, were standouts.