Resort 2013 Roundup: Printspiration, Metallics, More

Resort season has always been my favorite season for fashion because it’s that in-between stage when designers can unapologetically churn out a look that channels the love child of spring and fall. Think long-sleeved mini dresses, shorts with loose knits, slacks with tanks, lightweight suits, etc. And prints! Designers really get down with prints here. Case in point: these gratifying graphics by PreenMarc Jacobs and Suno. Read on for a few more trend takeaways.

Front Slits

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Obviously traumatized by Angelina Jolie’s right leg fiasco at the Oscars, NAHMA.L.C. and Reed Krakoff all took a subtler approach to skin-baring slits.

Jumpsuits

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From slithery silk onesies to sleeveless florals to what can only be described as "lab chic,"  Theyskens’ TheoryThakoon and Band of Outsiders all jumped on the jumpsuit train this season.

Metallica

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Perhaps in homage to the late and great Donna Summer, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors and Belstaff debuted disco-friendly looks that were heavy on the metals.

Photos: Style.com

Today: Rent the Runway’s First Sample Sale

Rent the Runway‘s first sample sale is going on today. Designer dresses and accessories at rock-bottom prices! Like this Preen Lacy Tie Back Dress. Choose from over 100 styles that have been “retired” from the rental inventory and are now available for purchase. You’ll find designers such as Proenza Schouler, Matthew Williamson, Halston Heritage, and many others at up to 65% off retail.

The gently worn dresses will be sold “like new” and any imperfections will be clearly marked, such as missing sequins/beads, fabric fading, picked/pulled, or missing a belt, so consumers are aware of the condition. And to make things easier, you can consult with Rent the Runway’s stylists and customer service team to get further info on each item. The sale is online only at Rent the Runway today. Happy shopping!

Hemlines Hang Low For SS11

Septum piercings and transparency are already certifiable trends for spring, and low hanging hemlines are proving to be just as a popular, according to the biggest SS11 runway shows so far this season. Marc Jacobs showed his latest creations for his namesake label last night, opting for long skirts and a 70s jet-set feel, with big hair, wide-leg trousers, and makeup and accessories that immediately called to mind Jodi Foster circa Taxi Driver. Dresses and skirts came in bright fruit shades—tangerine, pink, peach—while the silhouette was soft and flowing. Donna Karan followed suit with straighter, more body-conscious lines, although her commitment to silks in ivory and nude tones kept her collection feeling effortless and light.

Halston, too, showcased floor-length dresses, which would have looked perfectly appropriate at the Studio 54 of the company’s heyday. Likewise, Preen, which has received some of the most uniformly glowing critical reviews of SS11, served up skirts that grazed the ankles of their wearer, if not their toes. The message overall: long hemlines in flowing, light-as-air fabrics.

Marc Jacobs SS11 via Style.com

The New Neckline

If curves and cleavage dominated fall runways, then hand-in-hand with the hour glass movement is a new revealing neckline shape. Exemplifying the trend, one Miu Miu FW10 dress in particular is getting a lot of attention. In fact, it recently caused a quite a snafu when three rival magazines — W, Elle, and Vogue — all featured the dress on their covers in the last two months alone.

Considering it costs a whopping $2,300, to $4,900, how ubiquitous the Miu Miu original will be on city streets remains to be seen. But with Blake Lively having just sported a similarly rectangular, uber-revealing Preen top at Comi-Con this past weekend, the style isn’t likely to blow by without engendering a flood of copycats. (For the record, Lively is a repeat offender.) Hopefully the inter-magazine copying ends here.