On both sides of the Atlantic, the resort season is heating up. And while nautical style may be a classic motif, Karl Lagerfeld knows just how to put a piquant, winning spin on even the most time-honored of notions. The newest looks in the Chanel cruise collection he showed during a boat trip in Paris on Wednesday evening included crested blazers, suits with long, pleated skirts, tweed-trimmed tennis sweaters and trompe l’oeil shifts with tweed cardigans built right in. Lagerfeld presented a range of other looks for a chic holiday, from Windbreakers in high tech fabrics and frothy cashmere knits to tweed-print swimsuits in Easter-egg colors with matching kimono-sleeved cover-ups. There were breezy and gauzy dresses for evening, too, some with smocking — perfect for a night of smooth sailing. Meanwhile, in New York, many designers consider pretty colors the name of the game for resort. Jane Chung of DKNY and Patrick Robinson of Perry Ellis, for instance, have made them the centerpieces of their collections this season. Soft tweeds, flirty tiers and playful appliqués are some of the feminine details that inform both lines.
Photos by: Stephane Feugere, Thomas Iannaccone and David Turner.