This Week in Resort 2011: The Row, Cynthia Rowley, More

Word on the street is that Anna Wintour asked designers for more fleshed-out resort collections. Her wish was granted. Find the fashions here.

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Word on the street is that Anna Wintour asked designers for more fleshed-out resort collections. Her wish was granted. Full-fledged shows with glam guests and more offerings were staged for a season that was once strictly for insiders.
Lee Clower for Cynthia Rowley
The ever fun Cynthia Rowley showed her Resort Collection on the go, just a few models and the clothes on a bus which made three stops outside the top fashion editors' offices. Here, a daytime metallic print and summery floral hat.
Isaac Mizrahi
Isaac Mizrahi's resort collection, entitled "A Whiff of Spring" included seasonal favorites like this sexy gown in a sweet gingham. The designer declared, "For me, a gingham is like a solid with a lot of personality."
Badgley Mischka
Mark Badgley and James Mischka opened a Newport boutique in June and one in Palm Beach over the winter. Resort combined inspiration from both socialite havens. Here a drape-y turquoise gown with a Palm Beach hostess dress vibe.
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For evening, a shimmering asymmetric animal print gown echoes the colors of Newport beaches and its gilded "cottages."
The Row
Mary-Kate Olsen said this about The Row, which she co-designs with twin sis Ashley, "It's about the fabrics, the fit, and how the clothes feel on the body." Here, a boxy suit in blue with loafers.
The Row
Loose fitting white pieces, again, shown with loafers at the Resort 2011 collection of The Row, designed by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who plan to add bags to the label.
Erdem Moralioglu created pretty pieces that could transition anywhere, anytime, calling the concept, "occasionlessness."
Roksanda Ilincic
Roksanda Ilincic got her bright on, with eye searing yellow in particular, in her third Resort collection which was inspired by the fields of yellow rapeseed she saw on holiday in Sicily.
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Roksanda Ilincic played with bi-colored pieces. Here, an amazing pop of yellow is the sash on an elongated navy blue sheath.
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The resort 2011 collection marks Haider Ackermann's foray into menswear. Luxe fabrics, like this patchwork jacket with mirrored embellishments epitomized the lusty, bohemian vibe.
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Haider Ackermann showed his resort at the Pitti W trade show in Florence in the courtyard of the Palazzo Corshini. The seductive Arabian atmosphere was the perfect backdrop to the moody, draped pieces, like this jumpsuit.
Brazilian designer Carlos Miele showed 100% evening looks for his resort collection. Here, chunky chains accessorize a black strapless, one-shoulder gown.
Gucci designer Frida Giannini went with a neutral palette for a resort collection that included military inspired khaki pieces for day, like these basic, can't get by without them, short shorts.
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For evening Frida Giannini showed flawless gowns in the red carpet favorite shade - nude. Exquisite options for those who can't afford the line of custom creations they launched earlier this season.
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For Resort 2011, Jonathan Saunders aimed to challenge himself by playing with a more feminine sensibility than he normally puts forth. He re-imagined a classic floral print of English roses sourced from a textile archive by cutting, mutating and mixing with other mediums.
It girl clothes from Phoebe Philo for Celine's Resort 2011 collection. Minimal chic with a dash of groovy showcases the true resort sensibility at its best.
A little bit of Mexican hippie for chilly evenings - a serape-inspired shawl covers up a pungent orange free-flowing long dress at Celine.
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As always, we can rely on the Pucci label for pieces that are pure Resort. Designer Peter Dundas showed the collection, which referenced fab gals Julie Christie, Jane Birkin and the like, in a penthouse. Next up, a coffee table book retrospective.
Liberty Zabala
Riccardo Tisci, who's been designing Givenchy for five years took cues from artist Frida Kahlo's animal paintings for his resort collection, which was predominantly black, white, and red.
Sonia Rykiel
Sonia Rykiel designed Resort in the mindset of her fave vacation spot - an Art Deco hotel on the Côte d'Azur. Here, a print jumpsuit perfect for play, accessorized with a jaunty hat.
Michael Angel
This season marks the debut of a resort collection by Michael Angel, who showed throw-on pieces that could be worn every which way, in moody prints.
Bob Redell
Preen designer duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi channeled Brigitte Bardot in the western movie Shalako, showing sexy, yet buttoned up ladylike separates.
Giambattista Valli
Earlier this month Iman wore a black strapless gown from Giambattista Valli's fall collection to accept her CFDA Fashion Icon Award. We could also see her rocking this tiger print top and sophisticated skirt wearing sky high heels.
Richard Niccoll
Richard Nicoll, who honed his design chops at Cerrutti, entitled his Resort collection "City Break and Christmas Party." Here, a party look that's absolutely unfussy.
For his first collection for Bill Blass, designer Jeffrey Monteiro, who came from Derek Lam, bowed to the master's signature classic detailing, Here a relaxed look for day that brings the label into the modern era of casualness.
Hanii Y
Korean designer Hanii Y was influenced by Christian Dior's birthplace of Granville, France. This nautical but city classic navy sleeveless trench dress is spot-on.
Hanii Y
A polished laydlike strapless cocktail ensemble, accessorized with delicate headwear and colorful shoes, by Hanii Y.
Jeff Saperstone
Stella McCartney flew in from London to join her famous fans, including Gwenyth Paltrow, Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts. Early spring imagery informed her resort collection, as is evident by this botanical print piece.
Stella McCartney
Most of Stella McCartney's looks for resort were super short, but here we see an electric blue, sharply tailored yet relaxed suit with shiny cropped pants.
Tory Burch
Tory Burch took a trip to Rajasthan, and all she came back with was a totally inspired resort collection. The colors, the prints, the jewelry - it's a hippie version of what this ever chic socialite-turned-designer does best.
This chevron print dress is sure to be a best-seller, both here and in Asia, where Tory Burch boutiques will soon pop up, including one in Seoul this summer.
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It's pure DVF, wrap dresses over bikinis and rompers complete with visors and totes, all in tropical colors and great graphic prints.
Z Spoke
Although Zac Posen whisked Collection off to Paris, his new, lower-priced line, Z Spoke, was presented in New York. Here a buttoned up day look.
Jack Thurston
Francisco Costa continues Calvin Klein's tradition of the understated. The zesty color of this shapeless shift helps bring it to life.
Reed Krakoff
Resort 2011 is Reed Krakoff's second collection, which he described as having a similar but more feminine sensibility than his "utilitarian" fall looks. He showed the line in his studio, the decor of which reflects both the clothes and the soon to open NYC flagship boutique.
Lela Rose
Lela Rose used her newly finished Tribeca triplex as inspiration for her collection, which she also showed there. This dress pays homage to the vibrantly colored artworks found thoughout the space.
Peter Lagace
The subjects of fashion photographer Lillian Bassman, whose pure forms were celebrated in the '50s and '60s, were on the mind of Monique Lhuillier for her resort collection. Here, a nubby tweed day dress that's as strong as it is ladylike.
Chris Benz
Chris Benz cited Carmen Miranda as tomboy as his inspiration for resort. Here, a '50s color palette of olive and gold in a below the knee tweed and cropped jacket. The oversize necklace (his take on the fruit basket?) adds a modern punch.
Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony
Chloe Sevigny created a tight collection - five silhouettes in five prints - paisley, polka dot, leopard, houndstooth, and floral - which also appeared as tights. The looks were shown with her own shoe collection, on which she collaborated with '90s label NaNa.
Helmut Lang
Designer team Michael and Nicole Colovos went for a looser look this time with more flowing silhouettes, though ones that remained long and lean, including this pant suit. We're loving the iteration of vest as a jacket.
Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera presented "feminine and romantic" what we've come to expect from the designer, but in the purest form. She said the resort collection, more so than the larger ones for spring and fall, is about "real life.
Naeem Khan
Naeem Khan pulled off urban cool, even with a nautical theme. Here, blue and navy stripes are done in sequins, in a super sleek silhouette.
Yigal Azrouel
Here Yigal Azrouel flaunted a more body-conscious image with a high-waisted mini with zipper detailing.
Yigal Azrouel
A slouchy but still slim silk shorts suit by Yigal Azrouel for Resort 2011, prove basics can be perfectly pulled together.
3.1 Phillip Lim
If anyone can pull off drawstring gauchos it just may be Phillip Lim, who conjured Bianca Jagger as his muse for the Resort 2011 collection.
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A plain almost flesh-toned jumpsuit, accessoriezed short boots and chunky bangle from 3.1 Phillip Lim for Resort 2011.
A pungent chartreuse gown in an asymmetric cut by Max Azria for Resort 2011, which was inspired by photographer Peter Beard's images of a young Lauren Hutton in Africa.
This astoundingly simple red crepe gown is a triumph of Adam Lippes' buzzwords "refined" and "at ease," which he used to describe the Adam Resort 2011 collection.
Drawstring basics showed up on a number of Resort 2011 runways, including Adam. The pairing with a vivid yellow top and sensible but stylish flat leather sandals makes the look absolutely wearable around town.
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Karl Lagerfield, in typical over-the-top form, staged the Chanel cruise show in Saint-Tropez, France, where the models arrived via speedboat. Models went barefoot; here, in a long and stripey '70s style dress and shoulder bag.
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Here, looking more like Chanel, a cropped bouclé tweed jacket with three-quarter length sleeves, complete with bow tie at the neck, over a bikini with boy shorts and accessorized with matching cuff bracelets and a chain handle purse.
Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquière payed homage to the label's namesake, Cristobal Balenciaga, with uniform looks inspired by the airline uniforms he designed.
Gerald Herbert
In addition to the uniform and futuristic looks, Nicolas Ghesquière showed florals for Balenciaga, including this skirt and slouchy open toe booties, paired with a menswear inspired tailored blouse and belt.
Doo-Ri Chung offered her signature drapey blouses, shown here in a one shouldered watercolor print paired with shorts and substantial sandals.
A slinky ruched dress was a standout at the Burberry Prorsum Resort 2011 collection. The wide black belt and skinny leggings and boots toughen up the seafoam green color.
Designer Christopher Bailey did long, lean silhouettes with a lot of military detailing for the Burberry Prorsum Resort 2011 collection. Washed leathers and stretchy fabrics worked well for the figure hugging pieces.
Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang's resort collection, which has expanded this year, showed scuba-inspired influences, like this techno style skirt and form fitting black top.
Alexander Wang
A slouchy menswear style look consisting of asymmetric shorts and a vest from the Alexander Wang Resort 2011 collection. His inspiration was the more "organic", less "urban" side of fashion.
Rag & Bone
Rag & Bone designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright are having a moment. They won the coveted CFDA Menswear Award, the fall collection racked up more orders than ever, and they're opening two NYC boutiques. On resort Neville said, "This isn't about dressing for St. Bart's. It's more of a cool, urban look." For sure.
Rebeccca Minkoff
A wearable look of metallic shorts with slouchy curved cardigan and cowboy boots that would work in most any part of town, by Rebecca Minkoff.
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Channeling Paris, Jason Wu, who presented Resort 2011 at the St. Regis hotel, site of his Spring 2010 show, gifted each guest with a box of French macaroons. Tweedy suits and straw boat hats reinforced the vibe.
Bottega Veneta
Tomas Maier made use of rubber and leather for fitted, scuba-inspired looks for the Bottega Veneta Resort 2011 collection.
Bottega Veneta
Lifeguard power prevails with bold tops that resemble rash guards at the Bottega Veneta Resort 2011 show. Even the spare sandals have flip flop appeal.
Ports 1961
Ports 1961 goes a little bit rock'n'roll withe Patti Smith ensembles, including a suit and tie look. Here, electric blue and black satin in a slouchy silhouette.
Oscar de la Renta streamed his Resort 2011 show live on Facebook and sent models, dressed sharply as the epitome of ladies, down the catwalk withleather covered iPads. Desiree Rogers, a chic career woman if there ever was one, sat among Vogue editors to watch the show.
Vena Cava
Zippers made a strong showing on resort runways, including on this Vena Cava overall-inspired, zip-front white and chambray jumper from designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock.
For Resort 2011, Rachel Roy showed A-line silhouettes, like this cobalt sheer skirt, combined with a tailored top and flyaway hair.
Rachel Roy
More vibrant color from Rachel Roy for Resort 2011. This time it's orange palazzo pants, which, along with the straw hat, evokes the feel of "Forties Havana.”
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It's super feminine Barbie gone on a cruise for Christian Dior Resort 2011, staged in Shanghai and attended by glam muses Charlize Theron and Marion Cotillard.
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Despite the location, designer John Galliano imbued not an ounce of chinoiserie into the Christian Dior Resort 2011collection, saying. "I didn't really want to do 'China' at all. Here, a candy-colored mini with a tweedy French jacket.
Another straw boater hat makes an appearance on the runway, here at Erin Fetherston's Resort 2011 collection, inspired by the French film, L'Amant. The layered dress has not a hint of Juicy Couture, which the designer has recently been tapped to design.
Thakoon/Jake Chessum
Exotic red patterning on neutral grounds in chic silhouettes, like this sheath successfully puts forth Thakoon's Resort 2011 aim of "a Parisian going to Africa."
Thakoon/Jake Chessum
These oh-so-very resort pieces in simple silhouettes - a blousy tank and flowy skirt in rich colorings - are pure Thakoon.
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Maria Cornejo used memories from her travels to create the Zero + Maria Cornejo Resort 2011 collection, including vibrant photo-printed fabrics sourced from the sights of Istanbul.
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A relaxed but architectural cut reigned at Zero + Maria Cornejo Resort 2011. Here, a softly shaped vest in sand tones and black shorts with super flat closed sandals.
Herve Leger by Max Azria
Max Azria takes liberties with the classic body-hugging silhouettes of Herve Leger bandage dresses with this flirty-skirted version for Herve Leger by Max Azria Resort 2010.
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