Designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi looked to the arts and crafts movement in the 1880s as well as floral drawings by Charles Mackintosh and William Morris for resort. The duo reflected on how the artisanal trade — which has been passed down from one generation to another — became more commercialized due to industrialization.
“When arts and crafts became global, it became a massive movement,” said Thornton. “We thought it’s an important time and we wanted to look into that crafts finish.”
“We wanted to have a feeling of nostalgia of the craft but in a modern way,” added Bregazzi. “It feels like at the moment everything it is becoming [digitized.] It feels like a big shift as well right now.”
The duo employed intricate handiwork into their feminine and floral-filled range which was a contemporary ode to artisanal craftsmanship. The designers worked in dresses, knits, coats and blouses in bright florals and stripes using a palette of red, yellow, turquoise, black and white.
Bold floral prints were inspired by découpage and appeared on coats and on a wide range of dresses, from floor-length to asymmetric. The notion of craftsmanship was also seen on a cream cashmere cardigan hand-finished with floral appliqués and sequins. The designers referenced botanical drawings created by Morris and cast floral bloom patterns on velvet devoré dresses.
They experimented with bridalwear in a slightly asymmetric gown trimmed with tiers of silk ruffles and a lace petticoat as a nod to a delicate handmade doily.
The collection was rounded out with a selection of separates such as ladylike blouses embellished with lace or ruffle details, cozy knitwear and trousers that came loose, cuffed or with a slight flare.
See More From the Resort 2018 Collections:
Fausto Puglisi Resort 2018: New, deconstructed silhouettes were introduced in the designer’s resort collection, which spanned from feminine chic to tomboy.
Jill Stuart Resort 2018: Jill Stuart touched back to her roots with a fresh, fun and easy resort collection.
Nomia Resort 2018: Yara Flinn’s resort lineup focused on slight contrasts of the masculine and feminine in soft-yet-manipulated fabrics.
Creatures of Comfort Resort 2018: Jade Lai brought Twenties beach pajamas into the 21st century, with some looks having a few steps above ath-leisure and a nice tomboy balance.
Sportmax Resort 2018: Sportmax looked to its archives for its collection combining sartorial and sporty references.
Roksanda Resort 2018: A big fan of art, Roksanda Ilincic took cues from Seventies tapestries and embedded handcrafted elements into garments for resort.