It is bad manners to keep a vacation waiting.
And New York’s Resort Fashion Week is likely a testament to this very fact. With designers showcasing a range of cocktail sipping, beach worthy and vacation tailored outfits, sweeping floors in high-octane classy venues, the shows are poised to get people booking trips. Followed by shopping relentlessly for a summer of a lifetime.
At the iconic, infamous Le Bain of the Standard Hotel in New York, overlooking the Hudson River with an unmistakable Lego-Land geography of everyone’s favorite playground, Carlton Jones launched his resort collection 2015. Thankful to be in a group of his friends, I had the pleasure of meeting with his models, his team, and nibble away at his custom made chocolates featuring his models!
Noted as the seventeen look collection, it was an overall feminine, sultry, vivacious, flowing and ethereal gathering of fabrics and cuts. Tailor made for a vacation on a cruise, for a private beach afternoon watching the sunset while sipping Prosecco, or for that backyard soiree at a hoity Hamptons household.
Plus, with a perky PR team handing out chocolates painted with his models on them!
What struck me about the pieces was their immediate wearability and the ability of Jones to bring haute couture from the runway to retail. With a background of Barney’s and a cap filled with feathers of Nicki Minaj, Michelle Obama, Queen Latifah and Alicia Keys, his portfolio was filled with every A-List magazine seeking out his designs. This particular line combined his love of fashion with his recent travels to the Asia, narrowing the world of haute in an ever shrinking globe.
Purples were a mainstay in the collection – from lavender low cut gowns of sorts to a backless swim style shiny corset and a floral print kaftan, sashaying down the runway on unmistakably sexy model bodices.
I personally fell for the timeless whites, prevalent in various silken and translucent lace fabrics. With his showstopper entrancing crowds in pleated see-through cuts on her full length dress, I enjoyed the metallic work on minis and sleeves of two respective models, who paired these with gladiator sandals.
One geometrically cut up dress with an inspiring bustier suited a ravishing model with some of the most voluptuous curls I had seen that gave her quite the Alice in Wonderland look – Tim Burton style.
While there was an homage to many other summer hues – from peaches to yellows to golds to pinks, the main theme seemed to be accenting these with greys to bring the vibrancy out even more. And in terms of fabric, not one outfit had an element that did not flutter with the wind, making for a simultaneously timeless and ethereal look. Magnified further with a photo shoot on the windy rooftop.
Moving onto the rooftop of with an iconic backdrop, the photo shoots continued with the girl-child models and their breezy outfits flirting with the winds, as onlookers with binoculars from neighboring windows likely caught an unlikely peek of aftershow mischief. (Or so we can imagine).
Bidding adieu to a mild winter, Carlton Jones set everyone in the mood for a visibly vibrant summer, including myself, clad in a Delhi print color tee and blazer to match, with the season’s hottest Dior sunglasses for the eyewear addict.
Cheers to every possible piece of seasonal bling, and every imaginable fling.