Yesterday afternoon, I escaped the rain momentarily to check out what Club Monaco has in store for next summer (which can't come soon enough). The light, beachy wears almost made me forget about the terrible weather outside and I left wanting to go on vacation--which is exactly what Club Monaco’s designer did to get inspired.
For the second time, Club Monaco did a special “beach boutique” collection, for which the designer found inspiration on a trip to St. Bart’s. Basically, it’s an all-white (very on trend) collection of cute beach cover ups, plus this really amazing, simple long white tank dress that would look as appropriate at the beach as it would at a cocktail party. There were also a range of great imported hand woven straw totes.
The early summer collections, which will be out in April and May, include a lot of things you’d expect from Club Monaco, a few things you wouldn’t and several things I loved. Occupying the first category were sequined tanks and dresses, lightweight knits and tees. Overall, there was less embellishment than I expected, which was a good thing. The brand is definitely stepping up their cool factor (as in their Carol Han-approved, Garance-shot, cool girl-modeled Fall lookbook). There was a lot of cream and nude, with pops of very light neon green. There were adorable scalloped-edge shorts, long pleated skirts, light peach-colored cardigans and white and navy horizontal striped shirts that somehow didn’t look redundant. There were also some amazing accessories, including simple canvas and leather top handle bags, an awesome tan perforated leather tote, and truly great jewelry.
The ocean-inspired summer collection (not to be confused with early summer) is full of blue and white. Standouts were a silk printed romper, black jumpsuit, chambray blazer, perfect silk button-downs and a shimmery pouch necklace.
With J. Crew and Madewell getting so much attention and showing such strong merchandise lately, I’ll admit it's been a while since I've seen the inside of a Club Monaco. But seeing this collection was a pleasant reminder that the retailer is not to be forgotten. Click through for images.