What is resort fashion, anyway? From what I can tell on the runways, resort can mean anything from a stylish swimsuit and cover up, to a crisp yellow suit (straight from Balmain's 2013 resort collection!) Resort fashion is alternatively called, "cruise wear", which I take to include anything you can wear on vacation. No matter where your destination, beach or mountain, land or sea, city or country, resort wear is all about fun, leisure, and good times.
On the runway for the 2013 resort collections, we saw so many of the trends hot right now, in 2012: jumpsuits, pastels, and leather were popular across the board, as well as peplum, which made a huge comeback in stores this spring, and seems to be sticking around in our wardrobes well into the new year. In this summer's installment of "Runway to Retro", I've put the creations of haute couturiers like Balmain (as mentioned), and Tsumori Chisato up against their vintage versions, from some of our favorite online vintage shops. Runway to Retro: Resort 2013 is all about how to recreate run-a-way looks with retro fashions. It is, after all, vacation season!