“This collection is all about luxe,” Nili Lotan started off by saying at a showroom presentation. Upon first glance at the lineup of models, there was certainly a spirit of glitzy holiday fare with shiny velvet jackets, shimmery tops, faux-fur capelets, elegant slinky dresses and more velvet separates. And being Nili Lotan, there was an undercurrent of cool, laid-back approachability even with the concentration on evening.

She referenced luxe interiors for a play on rich textures and the glamour of Eighties silhouettes, filling her mood board with black-and-white photographs of elegant homes and even more elegant women. A silk blouse with poufed sleeves that reversed to gold or a cold-shoulder velvet blouse with gold flecks teetered on modern interpretations of those references. Meanwhile, a quilted metallic velvet jacket over a slinky woven mesh metallic top and wide-leg velvet pants was a youthful approach to holiday dressing; ditto for the burgundy velvet suit with slim flare trousers. “There’s a little bit of a color story which is unusual for me,” said the designer. “With the environment I think that we’re all experiencing, I think color is important. I like it obviously more tonal.”

Being able to interchange separates in endless pairings injected the lifestyle wardrobe with versatility. A velvet kimono top cinched with a tight leather belt could pair with skinny jeans for day and just as easily over a languid black dress for evening. Case in point: the ultracool denim with floor-grazing open flare was styled with a fitted velvet trenchcoat, a casual quilted military jacket and the designer’s own outfit for the day. “I’m basically designing for myself, for everything that I need.”

See More From the 2018 Resort Collections:

Reem Acra Resort 2018: Reem Acra’s resort collection was all about clean evening separates and bold color blocking.
Nicole Miller Resort 2018: The classic Nicole Miller girl exudes an edgy vibe, and for this resort collection, this was no exception.
Erdem Resort 2018: The designer drew inspiration from the surrealist paintings of Sylvia Fein to the abstract collages of the German Dada artist Hannah Höch.
RtA Resort 2018: Eighties’ and Nineties’ influences were mixed and matched in this glamorous resort collection infused with a rock’n’roll appeal.
Tadashi Shoji Resort 2018: The designer channeled Jane Birkin for a collection of flirty separates and a bohemian spirit.
Erika Cavallini Resort 2018: Sartorial elements were introduced in this resort collection celebrating an effortless elegance.