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“It’s probably the most baroque pre-collection I’ve ever done,” says Nicolas Ghesquiere of his Balenciaga cruise collection, which is loaded with densely beaded cashmere sweaters, damask pantsuits and a multilayer dress with 18th-century airs that mixes paisley chiffon with Liberty florals. Jean Paul Gaultier’s Soleil resort collection, however, is inspired by French picnics and African tribalism, with ritual motifs or painterly checks decorating the designer’s signature mesh pieces. Meanwhile, “Viva Las Vegas” is Rena Lange’s theme this season, as playful poker patterns and whimsical circus prints add charm to the designer’s traditional suitings.