Today is the start of couture week which means that aside from a couple of collections that will be held until their release the Resort 2020 collections has been released. Since the first show on April 29th to now we have slowly been introduced to the latest collections from the biggest fashion labels. I was easily able to cut the collections down to 23 favorites, but I knew for sake of time that this list could only showcase no more than 15 of my favorite looks. So I started to pick stars to wear them and once those ideas were in my head it was a lot easier to cut the list down to just 15. Resort is much more of a commercial season. It is all about sales. It is the season that sits on racks in stores the longest, from December to April, and I am definitely excited to see many looks from this season collections on the red carpet between now and then. Balmain: Balmain has seen a reemergence as one of my favorite. For a short while I was pretty over Olivier Rousting’s sexy style, but while that is still the core of his design aesthetic I do feel like he has engineered. His Resort 2020 lookbook had 99 images, 147 looks, and the first time he has incorporated menswear into his womenswear collections. Overall there did seem to be two very different collections that made up this collection it was the tribal meets 90s and his audition for Chanel all put into one collection. It definitely made me want to keep watching where Olivier is headed and hopefully it will be to bigger and better! As I was flipping through this collection I was picturing a lot of custom looks inspired by the details in the collection (one is coming tomorrow in by Lion King premiere wishes) but it was this light was denim sleeveless mermaid gown which features a white feathered skirt that I knew right away could be a major fashON moment on the red carpet and it was Miley Cyrus whom I immediately thought would be the perfect person to bring it to life on the red carpet.
Carolina Herrera: There has been some controversy around Wes Gordon’s Resort 2020 collection. He was called out by the cultural minister of Mexico Alejandra Frausto. The minister authored a letter to Carolina Herrera accusing it of using, for its own ends, embroidery techniques and patterns specific to certain Mexican indigenous communities. Now the cultural appropriation debate has been thrown around a lot lately and I have to say that I definitely can understand why. Before this story broke in the New York Times I did see a bit of Mexican inspiration in the looks in this collection it just wasn’t until I started seeing side by sides of actual intricate pattern and embroidery did I see how deep it went. If Wes wanted to bring his spin on these techniques then I definitely believe that he should have worked with the actual Mexican artisans to craft the textiles and embroidery that make up the collection. Now that all being said this collection was chock full of amazing fashion moments I definitely want to see on the red carpet. I do wonder, and slightly fear, that this collection will be (especially the implicated looks) blacklisted from wear on a Hollywood red carpet. The moment I saw this strapless black a-line cocktail dress which features a fitted bodice, full skirt, and bright color floral-embroidered bustier I fell in love with it. It is a very chic and twee moment while I believe that Millie Bobby Brown would own.
Chanel: The Resort 2020 show was the first in the Post Karl Lagerfeld era for the brand. Once again the house is being helmed by a woman, Karl’s right hand Virginie Viard. Honestly my first thought when I saw the images of this collection was “Karl is that you?” While there is someone new at the helm everything in the collection was what we have come to expect from Chanel over the last 15 years. It honestly made me feel a little hypocritical after tearing the hard shifts in style at Gucci, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Celine to shred. Now I am really interested in seeing what Virginie’s first Chanel Couture collection this week will bring. That being said there were just a few looks from this Cruise 2020 collection that I really think would be amazing moments on the red carpet. I love this blue plaid chiffon tiered gown which features a crisscross halter neckline and a chain and ribbon belted waist. It definitely fits into the 70’s bohemia trend that did seem to pop up into many of this seasons collections and while that isn’t what we typically see Keira Knightley bring to life on a red carpet I definitely think this is a perfect gown for her. David Koma: Since David Koma left his position as the creative director at Mugler almost 2 years ago to focus on his eponymous label he has reignited my love for the brand. It was getting very repetitive and while he has stayed true to the codes he has set forward for the label it has been on a new and forward looking vision. That was obviously the case when it came to the David Koma Resort 2020 collection. He definitely showed his signature styles in this seasons interpretations, colors, and trims while also showing some new and extra looks. This sky blue cropped denim jacket with a high color and puffy feathered sleeves paired with skinny high waisted jeans with a tuxedo stripe down the side was the thing I was immediately drawn too and I think it has Cardi B’s name written all over it.
Gucci: I have to say that while I was slow to start on the Gucci by Alessandra Michele aesthetic and just as I was full steam ahead his Spring 2019, Fall 2019 and Resort 2020 collections have made me weaver again. The Resort 2020 collection was staged in Rome with a very costume-y thread of Roman togas as inspiration and shown by the light of flashlights given to guests sitting on the front row. That all being said there are lots of details I am looking forward to seeing turned into custom looks. Now you might be surprised that of the few looks that I liked from this collection that the one that made this list is a bone and red Roman toga inspired gown but when I saw it I thought immediately of Tilda Swinton. I believe it is she and only she could snatch this work off the runway and make it work on the red carpet.
Huishan Zhang: Sometimes a look that is incredibly simple speaks to me in ways that even a couture gown can’t. That is what happened when I was flipping through the Huishan Zhang Resort 2020 collection. I have long been a fan of this London based designer, but when it comes to the world of celebrity dressing I tend to think he is highly underrated. The looks in this collection were simple yet sophisticated with just enough of a flair to make it special. This oyster silk cami top paired with a khaki pleated high waisted midi skirt trimmed in tweed isn’t anything overly fantastic, but when I saw it and thought of it on Kate Bosworth I knew it was a very special look. J. Mendel: I always love a glamorous moment from J. Mendel. The New York based couturier always delivers absolutely beautiful gowns and cocktail dresses and this season was no different. The collection was chock full of pastel colored moments that I am sure that starlets will be clamoring to. My favorite look of the collection was also the biggest. I love this sky blue and sand embroidered tulle strapless ballgown which features a puffy sleeve bolero, intricate bustier bodice, and a dramatic train. The gown would be a perfect look for Camila Cabello. She just started working with Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, the styling team behind Jennifer Lopez, Hailee Steinfeld, and Lily Collins, so I definitely think that this could be a real option.
Marchesa: Last week on the heels of the presentation of the Resort 2020 collection it was announced that one of the co-founders of Marchesa, Keren Craig, was exiting the company leaving Georgina Chapman in charge solo at the helm of the label. It makes me wonder what the future of the brand is. It has not been the prominent red carpet brand it was prior to the Weinstein Scandal. The stars who have brought Marchesa looks to life on the red carpet have been carefully curated and include Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson, Gwen Stefani, Constance Wu, Kate Beckinsale, Lily Collins, Paz Vega, Patricia Clarkson, Rita Ora, Priyanka Chopra, and Vanessa Hudgens. All of these stars wore Marchesa prior to the brands fall from grace and have slowly started to come around to the brand again. The Marchesa Resort 2020 collection is FULL of looks that deserve a red carpet moment and I am hoping that as fall festival, blockbuster movie premiere, and awards season is gearing up and I definitely believe that some of these looks should be on the racks of stars optioning looks for their red carpet appearances. I would love to see Selena Gomez take this dark lilac Marchesa Resort 2020 bead and crystal embellished organza and duchess satin gown which features a slim fit, a single sheer cap sleeve, bateau neckline, illusion floral-embellished bodice, cascading ruffle skirt, and a daring side slit a bring it to life on a red carpet.
Max Mara: Max Mara was one of the few brands who actually opted to showcase their Resort 2020 collections in a runway show instead of a lookbook. For the Resort season big luxury brands have been doing big destination shows. This season alone saw shows in Rome, Marrakesh, New York City, Australia, and in Max Mara’s case Berlin. This season Max Mara creative director Ian Griffiths referenced Berlin born iconic actress Marlene Dietrich, but done in a very “Max Mara” manner. I believe that the collection is one of the best that the label has put forward in recent seasons. It has the same sense of everyday wearability, but also seemed to have more red carpet potential than we are used to seeing from a Max Mara collection. When I was looking at this collection I was immediately drawn to the idea of seeing Outlander star Caitriona Balfe wearing this red ensemble which features a red sheer lurex turtleneck (which I would like to be paired with either a matching cami or bandeau for modesty) and an absolutely amazing red 3D floral textured, fil coupé detail column skirt. Paco Rabanne: I tend to find that while Paco Rabanne is an iconic label that the major fashion moments that creative director Julien Dossena dreams up are often left to the runways and the racks of stores and don’t get the red carpet moments that they deserve. This season is Dossena seemed to take the intricate chainmail signatures of Paco Rabanne and mesh them with this sort of disco meets Little House on the Prairie dynamic that on paper shouldn’t work, but in reality it did. My favorite look from this collection was more of a classic Paco style look with this silver floral printed lurex midi dress which features a mock neck, gathered waist, a line skirt, and dramatic flared sleeves which I really want to see on Amy Adams.
Prabal Gurung: I always love a Prabal Gurung collection. Since his debut almost 10 years ago I have enjoyed watching him continue to grow as a designer and continue to be embraced more and more by Hollywood. His Resort 2020 collection really underscored why stars continue to flock to his creations. He took his signature pieces and gave them a pastel disco glam update. As I flipped through the lookbook from image to image I got excited to see the amount of amazing potential moments that could come down the upcoming red carpets. I got to this pink and blue watercolor floral pattern sequin embellished gown which features a one-shoulder sweetheart neckline, bow draping at back which turns into a dramatic train, and a ruffle draped side slit and I got super excited. I went around in circles on who I thought could really sell this look to me on the red carpet, and I mean really sell it to me. I had someone else down as who I thought I was going to pick, but as I was writing this paragraph and looking at the gown more and more Taylor Swift just keeps popping into my mind. It fits this sugary sweet vibe that she is exuding in the lead up to the drop of her new album Lover on August 23, 2019.
Proenza Schouler: In the collections following the quick jaunt to Paris in July of 2017 I have been craving some looks that seem ready for the red carpet again. I believe that finally has happened with the release of the Proenza Schouler Resort 2020 collection. It was a collection designed exclusively in neutrals, but the construction was perfect. While there were no real gowns or cocktail moments I definitely think looks from this collection work perfectly for press and more casual events. The piece I was immediately drawn to was this winter white double, contrasting lapel color and gold button-detailed coat. I wouldn’t mind having this coat in my closet, but I really want to see it sent to Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.Rosie Assoulin: As I have mentioned several times in this post the Resort 2020 collections reignited my fire for some brands that I love, but have been a little stagnant over the last couple of seasons. One of those labels was Rosie Assoulin. I have been kinda loving one or two looks from Rosie’s collections, but rather bored overall as she doesn’t really do anything new anymore. Upon reflection this collection wasn’t that much different than what we are used to seeing from Rosie, but somehow it seemed like a breath of fresh air. Even it it was more of the same. We have seen this lime green ‘Alek’ silk faille tea length gown which features a halter neck, a chiffon sash ties which at neck, a drop waist, and a full ball skirt from Rosie before in different iterations. It is almost a signature look for her now and I have to say that I didn’t realize it until I was writing this as it just seemed so fresh. I still love it and definitely want to see Emilia Clarke bring it to life on a red carpet sometime. Hopefully soon.
Victoria Beckham: When she made her debut as a designer Victoria Beckham was all about fitted pencil dresses and glamorous gowns. In the 10 years she has been in business the focus of her collections have shifted from those pencil dresses and gowns to more of a loose and casual look. It has gone on the style journey as Victoria’s own personal style has changed. I love that she is authentic to herself. She is her woman, and women who want to be her buy into what she sells. There have rarely been gowns in Victoria’s collections as of late so I was really exited to see this Colombian emerald green mock neck pleated gown which features an elongated fit, tonal yoke and waist panels, front leg slit, and a keyhole slit on the bodice in the Victoria Beckham Resort 2020 collection. We have seen Victoria Beckham loose its prominence on the red carpet, but I am really hopeful that we will see this gown on the red carpet and I believe that Michelle Monaghan is the perfect person to bring it to life.
Zac Posen: Finally we close with another brand who as of late I have not been as enamored with, but has reignited my fire with their Resort 2020 collection. I will always remember the Zac Posen Spring 2008 RTW collection. It was one of the first collections I remember loving and season after season watching Zac create and dream has been a joy. The last couple of seasons, all presented in lookbooks, have been very similar and cut and dry. I have been waiting to see him deliver some major moments and following the amazing looks he created for Julia Garner, Nina Dobrev, Jourdan Dunn, Katie Holmes, and Deepika Padukone to wear for the Met Gala this year he released a collection that is just screaming for stars to wear it on the red carpet. Over the last years Nina Dobrev has built a relationship with Zac thanks to her new stylist Kate Young and when I saw this black and gold glitter patterned chiffon bustier ballgown I thought how absolutely beautiful it would be on the young actress. She hasn’t given us a big nior princess moment on the red carpet yet and I definitely think she has the chops to really pull this look off with effortless ease.
Overall I was quite excited with the Resort 2020 season. I am even more excited for the start of the Fall 2019 Couture season today. Fashion is getting me excited again. I was starting to feel a bit of fashion fatigue. I was bored. I thought about shuttering If I Was A Stylist. But thanks to these 15 collections, and many more individual looks from so many other collections I have some of my spark back! What looks do you find inspired? Who do you want to see wearing any of these looks on the red carpet?