All posts tagged: Resort 2011

i want: Jersey Grecian-draped Gown by Donna Karan

I’m still keeping my eye out for beautiful gowns. Donna Karan does great Grecian style gowns. The front slit and back detail make the very sexy without going too far over the top.  It’s also made of a fabric called cupro.  It was new to me so I looked it up. Cupro – The European cousin of tencel , Cupro is also somewhat similar to rayon in that it is reprocessed cellulose. Like tencel and rayon, the base material for cupro is a regenerated cellulose fiber . Cupro gets its name from cuprammonium, the process that is used to process the wood pulp or cotton linters that are its base material. In this process, the wood pulp or cotton liners are dissolved in an ammoniac copper oxide solution. Cupro fabric breathes like cotton, drapes beautifully, and feels like silk on your skin. Its slinky, curve-hugging drape makes it great for elegant dresses and blouses.(source: Donna Karan is available at Holt Renfrew. images:

i want: Canvas Vachette Bolle Print Handbags by Bottega Veneta

It’s surprising that the bags I like from Bottega Veneta’s Resort 2011 collection are canvas. There is something about this print that just draws me in. Empire Nero Canvas Vachette Bolle Print “the Couple” Tote is made to be carried by two people so you can use it for picnics, etc. Assenzio Nero Canvas Vachette Bolle Print Tote is a more traditional sized bag. images:

Le Château Embracing the Resort Collection

Le Château has online shopping on their website now so I was taking a look around. I noticed that they were promoting their Resort 2011 collection. I know a lot of mass retailers have collections for this time of the year when people are thinking about spring but the weather isn’t cooperating. I thought it was interesting that with the increasing coverage of resort collections that Le Château would jump on the band wagon.  So what does resort look like for women.  A lot of stripes, white and blue.

Akris Spring Summer and Resort 2011

It took a Akris Resort 2011 Trunk Show at Holt Renfrew for me to have an appreciation for the brand. I always overlook them, but the prints from the Resort collection were pretty cool. You can’t really tell but the above resort 2011 print is a photo of people sitting in what looks like an outdoor cafe. It’s bizarre and a bit creepy but I love it.  The detail of the people isn’t something you notice until you stare for awhile I liked the seaside village print too. It’s like you are wearing a beautiful postcard. Akris Spring Summer 2011 was all about the flower print and colour blocking. The maxi length trend is one that I enjoy because I’m just tall enough to pull it off. Platforms help a lot too. The resort collection was more impressive to me but I’m curious what direction Akris will take for fall winter 2011. images:

Sacai Spring Summer 2011

I’m loving that Sacai is becoming more popular. has posted the collection for two seasons in a row now. There are more photos available of the collections and now instead of judys we get real models. I love Sacai’s Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 collection. Chitose Abe, Sacai’s designer,creates contradictions that work. In typical Sacai style, tweeds and knits combined with anorak details create a unique look. Items looks like separates but are really one piece. You can find Sacai at Holt Renfrew. images:

Chanel Pop-Up Shop at Jeffrey, NYC

I love the Chanel Pop-up shop that is in the Jeffrey store in New York City. It features items from the Cruise 2011 collection. The installation recreates elements of Saint-Tropez where the show took place. You can watch the Chanel Cruise 2011 Collection on I want – I got. I posted the video earlier this year. It’s a beautiful scene but doesn’t come close to the spectacle of Spring Summer 2011. The shop is open from November 30 to January 4, 2010. images:

Christopher Kane Resort 2011

Christopher Kane went with prints again for the Resort 2011 collection. Christopher Kane Resort 2010 featured images of Atomic bomb blasts that may or may not have been acquired in the proper manner. This season it was space and images from the Hubble telescope were used for the Resort 2011 collection.  I think Christopher is a closet science nerd with his interest in space and atomic bombs. images:

Lanvin Resort 2011

These Lanvin Resort 2011 group shots make me happy. Who wouldn’t be overjoyed frolicking around in Lanvin. I’m loving the platform wedges, especially in animal skin. A friend of mine who is a buyer listed the Lanvin Resort 2011 collection as one of his favourites. Stunning and gorgeous he says. images: and

Alexander McQueen Resort 2011

This is Sarah Burton’s first kick at the Alexander McQueen womenswear line since Alexander has died. I have to admit, I’m liking this Resort 2011 collection. It’s a safe collection and you can see the difference a woman’s touch makes. It’s a much softer collection that manages to keep a lot of traditional McQueen elements. images:

Celine Resort 2011

Celine Resort 2011

There are very few designers that will get a bad review from me. Labels like Balenciaga, Givenchy and Lanvin will always be hits in my mind. Of course Celine with Phoebe Philo at the helm is among those select few. Phoebe played with print and colour this season in the ready to wear items. Usually she leaves colour to the accessories. There was a bit of colour blocking which I would expect from Celine doing colour. The prints threw me for a loop at first but I do like the pattern and colour combinations Phoebe has chosen. The accessories are fabulous of course.  I’m loving the neon yellow handbags big time. images: and

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2011

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2011

Monique Lhuillier is one of those red carpet/bridal designers that I always overlook or avoid like the plague. This resort collection grabbed me enough that I went to the slideshow. I really liked the daywear in that black and white colour palette.  Her strapless dresses look like they fit perfectly in the bust area. Philipino born, Monique Lhuillier started her bridal line in 1996 with her husband. In 2002, they launched the ready to wear and eveningwear divisions of the company. They then launched a home line in 2008. A fine paper and bridesmaids divisions were added in 2009. In Ontario, Monique Lhuillier Ready to Wear is available at Holt Renfrew and Hugo Nicholson. White carries the Bridal and Bliss lines and there is only Bridal at Dina Alonzi Bridal.

Collette Dinnigan Resort 2011

Collette Dinnigan Resort 2011

Collette Dinningan Resort 2011 manages to strike a the right balance between cutesy and saccharine.  There is nothing ground breaking here but I was drawn to colours and silhouettes. Collette Dinningan is the first Australian designer to show in Paris. The award winning, New Zealand born designer started her namesake label in 1990. The woman has a stamp in her likeness from the Australian Post. There are no stockists in Canada but the collection is available in New York City at Barneys and Jeffery. images: