In recent weeks the fashion industry has been showing its Resort collections. High WASPs love resorts. They are places of tennis, sand, and alcohol. What’s not to like? We aren’t sure, however, what the point is of Resort collections, shown in the summer, and not available until 2011. We think it’s an “industry thing,” which makes us think of commerce, which makes us have to lie down.
As long as we are lying down, we will look at the clothes. Good news. There’s something for everyone.* The Sturdy Gal, Artsy Cousin, and Grande Dame can all participate in what the fashion pundits have deemed a “2011 Resort trend.” Good news. For us, or for the industry, of course, I cannot say.
But one might wonder, what trends of the season does the Sturdy Gal like?
Brogues, otherwise known as boy shoes. Black and white. Belts that hold your pants up.
Akris, via simple+pretty
If it’s a girly day, we change out pants for a skirt. We don’t, however, frown. Sturdy Gals are nothing if not cheerful. And we aren’t sure why this woman is so cranky. After all, she’s modeling and she’s over 16. Shouldn’t she be full of joy at breaking ground?
Organic, by John Patrick, via simple+pretty
We can even do dresses. Bottega Veneta bags are our secret vice. We have been known to pat them on the sly.
Bottega Veneta, via simple+pretty
Given these predilections, you can see why the Sturdy Gal worries about her Artsy Cousin. Artsy lives for prints. She adores a good floral, even those haunted by ghosts of upholstery past.
Kenzo, via Style.com
Alberta Ferretti, via Style.com
White looks so good with a perfect tan and fabulous sunglasses. The Dame rules in Lanvin. Meanwhile Sturdy Gal dreams secretly of a love that would blow her skirt askance. Failing wild romance, a trade wind or two will do. Too bad the sunscreen she is never without lessens white’s impact.
Lanvin, via simple+pretty. It appears that the above is a wedding dress. The Grande Dame is considering the etiquette of such a choice.
For a cocktail party, the Dame toes a structured line. Sturdy Gal perks up. “Really? That counts as dressing up? Can I wear flats? Take off the bracelet?” Sturdy Gal makes some allowances for glamor, but none for pain in her feet, or accessories that interfere with eating.
The Sturdy Gal, having arrived early to the dinner dance as she does to everything, sits and eats her salad. At the sight of the Grande Dame in her finery, Sturdy Gal cocks her head. If she squints, she is reminded of favorite tees with silly sayings. Writ large, as they say. Writ wizard. Not a bad thing. Everyone wants to make a mysterious and magic entrance, come the Resort.
*The Sturdy Gal, Artsy Cousin, and Grande Dame are High WASP style archetypes. If you’re curious, just type the names into the blog search box and see what we’re talking about. In future, I’ll put up a page devoted to explicating this curious taxonomy.