Victor Alfaro approached resort as an experiment of sorts. First of all, it was his first pre-collection. Secondly, it was “a little departure from what I do.” For the past few seasons, Alfaro has been mining a very polished, pulled-together aesthetic of knits, outerwear and separates that can be layered up and broken down into different garments to suit the weather — sleeveless trenches and cropped jackets that match with other outerwear, for example.
But Alfaro felt the pull of the increasingly casual nature of how women dress, made clear to him during a recent encounter at Barneys with a client who declared that what she really wanted was “clothes I can put on and get on my plane.” He reacted with resort, an item-centric lineup that skewed sporty, relaxed with a focus on Japanese denim in shibori jeans and jumpsuits. Loose shirts came in faded pink and pinstripes, and faded floral jacquards were worked on shrunken bombers and tailored jackets. Some of the best items were in fact jackets, done in loosely tailored denim with a light, raw finish and striped takes on long bombers. The look was more everyday-fabulous than occasional — which was exactly Alfaro’s goal.