The Resort Report: Bandeaus & Nipple Baring

‘Tis Resort (or Cruise, or Pre-Spring, depending on what you prefer to call it) season, which means fashion houses are highlighting soon-to-ship deliveries of late-summer appropriate styles. While most designers—save for the likes of Galliano for Dior, de la Renta, and Lagerfeld for Chanel—tend to avoid runway productions for this in-between season, sites like and Coutorture have taken to publishing Resort look books, putting the mini-collections nearly on par with Spring and Fall. In reality, most Pre-Spring collections are a continuation of fall trends, though in some cases they can shed light on what consumers can expect for Spring. While Alexander Wang went for suburban chic, many other designers, like Christopher Bailey for Burberry Prosum, have debuted decidedly urban, sleek resort wear for 2011.

Meanwhile, far less sidewalk-ready were the bandeau tops and bare midriffs at Zero + Maria Cornejo and YSL (the latter topped looks off with demure black turbans). Vena Cava opted for a similarly flesh-friendly approach with a mesh tank styled with nothing underneath. As I’ve noted in the past, this doesn’t necessarily mean Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai are embracing nipples for mid-season. Rather, as Evianna Hartman of Bodkin clarified back at SS10 fashion week, most often exposed nipples on a runway are there merely to highlight the garment, not to sanction going sans bra.

NYC Openings: Bird, Matthew Williamson, Zero + Maria Cornejo, QSW Mercer

Bird (Williamsburg) – Third Brooklyn outpost is sprawling, chic, and definitely not for the starving artist. ● Matthew Williamson (Meatpacking District) – Mr. Williamson’s first New York foray brings color to the western fringes. ● Zero + Maria Cornejo (NoHo) – Nolitist no more; fancy, light-filled new digs for Chilean sophisticate. ● QSW Mercer (Soho) – Boutique within Quicksilver with free bubbly.