For decades, the resort collections have existed as a shopping resource for the wealthy jet set. In the ’80s and ’90s, French and American fashion houses would show bikinis and printed caftans, intended for the beaches of St. Bart’s rather than the freezing temps of New York City.
Luckily for those of us who spend the majority of our winters among Manhattan skyscrapers (and not white sands), designers have begun offering an array of ready-to-wear options in their resort shows that will suit an array of climates. From dandelion strewn varsity jackets to breezy caftans, we’ve rounded up some of the best and brightest options available right here in Manhattan.
A decidedly sophisticated Prince of Wales print gets the feminine touch on Oscar de la Renta’s sleeveless A-line dress. When paired with tights, the frock’s wool-silk jacquard material will ensure you stay warm, and the cheery red poppies will easily transition the piece into the next season. $2,190. 772 Madison Avenue (66th/67th Streets); 212-288-5810; oscardelarenta.com
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the boys behind cult-fave Proenza Schouler, have imbued their resort collection hoodie with a sunny hue and cozy honeycomb woven construction. Layer it underneath your wool coat on frigid days, and wear it solo come spring thaw. $850. 121 Greene Street (Prince/Houston Streets); 212-420-7300; proenzaschouler.com
Winter white has never looked chicer than on Lanvin’s lace top. This sleeveless shell will look stunning when paired with dark denim and boots, and also apropos for a last-minute weekend jaunt to sunnier climes. $2,085. 815 Madison Avenue (68th/69th Streets); 646-439-0380; lanvin.com
One look at Diane von Furstenberg’s Annushka cover up and you’ll be booking a flight to the nearest beach with temperatures pushing the 80-degree mark. The floaty silk chiffon material has flattering kimono sleeves, and comes with a coordinating belt. $398. 874 Washington Street (13th/14th Streets); 646-486-4800; dvf.com
Made out of techno jersey and organza cutouts, this daring red frock by J. Mendel is just the thing to bring a bolt of color to the typical sea of boring, city black. $1,690. 787 Madison Avenue (66th/67th Streets); 212-832-5830; jmendel.com
The varsity jacket has become de rigueur for urbanites flitting about the cold city streets. Phillip Lim’s darling jacket is both insulating with boasts a happy-go-lucky design of pom pom dandelions and glitter striping. $895. 115 Mercer Street (Spring/Prince Streets); 212-334-1160; 31philliplim.com
Half sweatshirt, half ode to spring, this jersey sweatshirt by Reed Krakoff has a beautiful motif of strong black lines and water color blooms. It looks stylish when worn with either a pencil skirt or denim. $1,190. 831 Madison Avenue (69th/70th Streets); 212-988-0560; reedkrakoff.com
Who knew parasols and silk crêpe de Chine shorts would make such a winning pair? This style by Gucci will bring a smile to even the gloomiest of days. $595. 725 Fifth Avenue (56th/57th Streets); 212-826-2600; gucci.com
When donning Milly’s skinny pant — crafted in a delightful Italian floral print — be sure to keep the rest of your look stylishly basic. A white tee and flats are the only necessary accouterments. $265. 900 Madison Avenue (72nd/73rd Streets); 212-395-9100; millyny.com
Italian fashion house Etro has long been the master of paisley prints, and they have succeeded yet again on this black-and-white (with colorful pops of turquoise and purple) bikini. The only accessories you’ll need are a frosty drink and sunnies. $240. 720 Madison Avenue (63rd/64th Streets); 212-317-9096; 89 Greene Street (Spring/Prince Streets); 646-329-6929; etro.com