From Runway to Gangway: Fashion Week Trends to Try on Your Next Cruise
When you’re packing for your cruise but all you find in stores are parkas and pashminas, you’re suddenly thankful designers are ahead of the game. July to early October — when resort fashion and spring/summer ready-to-wear make their runway debuts in cities from Medellin to Paris to Milan — is prime time for scoping out the looks you’ll want to pack for your Caribbean cruise.
Here you’ll find the trends we think are seaworthy, the fashion too stylish not to bring on board and the styles you may want to keep your eyes peeled for (and save room for in your luggage) while on vacation.
We know what you’re thinking: “What’s next, pigtails?” But with the right styling and in flattering proportions, spring/summer’s decidedly juvenile trend is actually chic and sophisticated. The key is volume — neither too much if you’re petite nor too little if you’re tall — or keeping accessories minimal since ruffles are meant to make a statement. The Johanna Ortiz Resort 2016 Collection, which made its runway debut at ColombiaModa 2015, is a billowy and boisterous example of ruffles done right. The blouses, a favorite of Olivia Palermo, come with both gravity-defying sleeves and in off-the-shoulder styles, which is another hot trend for the warmer months. To downplay the drama on formal night, choose airy, gauzy fabrics that make for lighter ruffles.
Bare shoulders can go a variety of ways: accidental, like when your bra strap refuses to stay put; Carmen Miranda-esque, so it’s less a sartorial move and more something suitable for shoulder shimmying; or wannabe princess, which is yet another (unhappy) convergence of ruffles and off-the-shoulder. We prefer the off-the-shoulder looks that skew boho, slightly oversized with floral prints, or for evening wear as an expected cut for an elegant dress. Stick to something sleek and pair the style with a pair of statement earrings for added impact.
From fringed to transparent to perforated, hemlines are getting lots of attention next season. Banana Republic showed a very ladylike, high-waisted skirt with sheer panels at New York Fashion Week while Rodarte’s lace dresses with frilly skirts served as an edgier interpretation of all that promises to be cool down below next spring. Perhaps the best example of an unexpected hemline — and one suitable for any deck — is the colorful, subtly fringed skirt from Tory Burch. When you’re not ready for a full trim, something similarly understated — swingy that just barely grazes the knee — is an easy way to get your feet wet.
EMBELLISHMENTS ON EVERYTHING
Before you unearth your BeDazzler from storage, take heed that the embellishment trend is all about craftsmanship, attention to detail and artfully done adornments — all of which are best left to the pros. Francesca Miranda, whose show kicked off ColombiaModa2015, elevated the look of a basic shift dress with leaf-like appliques and shiny buttons. While over in Milan, designer Antonio Marras’ Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear collection featured loads of embroidered dresses so beautiful they’ll make you rethink packing that LBD (aka little black dress) for your cruise.
BANDS AND STRIPES
Nautical is always in when you cruise, but next season’s styles look more like rainbows than they do Breton stripes. The Blumarine Spring 2016 line had a peppering of all the season’s hottest trends — embellishments, ruffles, stripes — but we’re most excited about maxi dresses with sheer panels in hues both dark and light. The flowy silhouettes are flattering and fun to wear for a stroll on the deck.
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