We're now entering the show season known as "resort," when European designers come to America to showcase their floaty dresses, bathing suits, and heels. It's a fun time, and usually a beautiful one, but last night's Dior Cruise show had a few snags. The show itself was luciously out of control - metallic jacquard print, beehave hairstyles, bejeweled Bollywood headbands, maribou feathers dusting the bottoms of babydoll tops. There were some Breakfast at Tiffany dresses that I would kill for, and the whole thing was like Beach Blanket Bazaar. All the girls wore knives disguised as shoes - tall, teetering pastel things that stabbed the ground with laser-like points instead of bottoms. Galliano also attached little balls to the ends for decoration, but those got in the way of actual walking, and three models took a tumble on the winding runway. "It looked painful," snapped an insider at the show, "and people were actually laughing as they left. What a Dior-saster!" Well, it wasn't all wrong - some of the clothes were cool, and it's a testament to the geniuses behind the scenes that although the girls fell, their hair didn't budge an inch.
YSL Cruise 2012: Hope and Anchors
With his brown, curly hair made golden by the sun, Yves Saint Laurent designer Stefano Pilati looked as though he had just stepped off a yacht at yesterday's Cruise 2012 show, which took place at the Haunch of Venison gallery in midtown Manhattan. So did his girls, who were decked out in deck-worthy wares, from peasant blouses striped with ropes to navy blazers adorned with weighty anchors. The color palette was traditional: red, white, and blue with dashes of yellow, and we'd say pretty fresh. Along with the easy hair--a low ponytail at the nape of the neck made special with a slight rockabilly wave in the front--the clothes, from the leather pleated skirt to the tiny floral rompers, appeared comfortable. We're also fond of Pilati's frequent use of puffed sleeves--they make any outfit look pretty. And when it comes to the resort collections, that's a good thing.