collection images: 3.1 phillip lim, resort

a clean approach to design is expected from the 3.1 phillip lim label, as the consistently represent a modernized perception of functional style. the collection presented for the 2012 pre-season contains a pretty controlled palette while the use of orange is most outstanding. a range of lines are seen while relaxation seems to be the strongest theme in terms of silhouette. there was an air of masculinity felt in the collection this pre-season, which was executed well. overall, the collection is a strong representation of the phillip lim design philosophy which is based in simplicity & founded in forms of classical style.

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collection images: calvin klein, resort

sticking to their guns, even during the 2012 resort pre-season, calvin klein sticks to their expected set of concepts showcasing minimalism & a controlled palette. underwhelming as ever, im always amazed that the marketing approach of calvin klein is always so stellar, season after season. while pre-season advertising campaigns are very few amidst regular season ad campaigns, i don’t think any ads will be shot to make this look anything beyond drab. i feel like i say this every single season when reviewing calvin klein collections & find it important to reiterate when the same emotions strike me; i respect forms of minimalism but also readily identify when these forms of simplicity border boring. while i applaud the clean approach to the resort season, i shake my head in disapproval at the lack of creativity being shown from such an iconic american label. elongated silhouettes took center stage of the collection, which was presented runway style in new york city. egg shell whites & expected use of white was seen while shots of grey & navy managed to make their way through. overall, the collection is boring as shit. im hoping that some form of excitement will be shown come SS12 show season, but given the track record of the label- those possibilities are looking grim. i will say that i admire the amount of consistency of the past few seasons, but im over this.

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collection images: derek lam, resort

colorfully imaginative & relative to what we’ve seen during show season, derek lam manages to collectively tribute his latest design work with a revitalized approach to the 2012 resort pre-season. what’s most inspiring of the derek lam design aesthetic is the quality of construction; you can see it in the most simplified garments which allow basic items to become tranformed into works of art. i love the use of color in this collection; the use of blue is very resort & oozes that effortlessness associated with the resort/cruise pre-season. while some use of black & rich tones of brown are seen, these palette additions allow greater forms of seasonal longevity for consumers looking to make long term style investments. overall, the collection is a fitting follow-up to what we’ve seen on the runways but is progressive & appropriate through cut & palette. solid, all in all.

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collection images: jill stuart, resort

endearingly girly, the 2012 resort collection presented by jill stuart capitalized on use of print, bold color & playful concepts. use of denim was seen as well as a bit of vintage, susie-homemaker was felt in the collections use of cut & with presentation of style. while a vintage feel was represented modern cuts were seen in the collections silhouettes; i loved the collection palette & found it fitting for the resort pre-season while also acting as an opposition to other labels & their excessive use of yellow. of course blue was seen through the use of denim while red, navy & flecks of soft pink neutral were seen as well, mixed with the collections range of prints. overall, the collection is fun- a lively approach to pre-season.

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