Today is our second installment of Runway Rankings! I'm doing things a little different this time around and showing you my favorite collections from this season, even if they aren't necessarily wearable. Resort collections aren't really meant to be a wardrobe overhaul like Spring and Fall collections are—it's merely to add on to what you already have or give you inspiration for holiday looks. While Resort orginally started as another opportunity for rich women to buy a new wardrobe for their vacation, it's now turned into a see now, buy now season. Luckily, brands now offer clothes fit for someone living in the Midwest and not going on some tropical vacation for the holidays. So without further ado, let's look at some of my favorite collections from Resort 2017!
A.L.C. has quickly become one of my favorite brands. After discovering them during my last Runway Rankings, I've been stalking their Instagram and adding every piece to my Nordstrom wishlist. I love the sporty pops of blue that designer Andrea Lieberman added. A.L.C. always produces those perfectly cool and relaxed looks.
I love the simplicity in this collection, especially in the all-white looks. My favorite piece was definitely the pink puffer jacket which is actually quite androgynous.
One of my favorite trends as of late has been anything oversized. Lippes' collection exhibits a lot of oversized pieces. I'm obsessed with those yellow leather pants. This is a collection that will definitely inspire some of my upcoming looks.
I can't control my love of neutral colors, and surprisingly enough, I'm not disgusted by the fact that the main netural in this collection is navy. Inspired by her Japenese heritage, Hanako Maeda created the perfect relaxed, but chic collection to wear well into spring.
I know, I know. This collection is very pink for a girl who loves black. But there's just something pleasing about Simon Holloway's resort collection for Agnona. I could see myself incorporating some of these pieces into my wardrobe (or at least pieces like them). First on my list? The lavender fur-lined parka.
I've recently become obsessed with workwear. Maybe it's the excitement I feel for internships coming up this summer or just wishing for the future to get here faster. I love the colors used in this collection the most. A jewel-toned teal and rusty red combine to make a workwear look I could wear every day.
I love the romanticism in this collection—lots of lace and hand-painted flowers were the main themes in Sarah Burton's latest collection for Alexander McQueen. Look 20 is another workwear inspiration that I will use in the (hopefully) near future.
This may surprise my mother, but I love Sirano's ballgowns... especially the black one (no surprise there, right mom?). If I ever had to walk a red carpet, Christian Siriano would be one of my top choices for dresses to wear.
Elizabeth and James
Another personal favorite brand, Elizabeth and James—designed by the Olsen twins—always brings their A-game to every season. It's hard not to with the super stylish duo behind this line and The Row as well. Elizabeth and James always has that relaxed and chill vibe that I seek to have in my own wardrobe, hence the reason I love their collections season after season and lust after every piece.
The '80s are BACK. My interest in Jacobs has grown since reading Champagne Supernovas by Maureen Callahan a couple of months back. I always love learning more about figures within the fashion world and how the came to fame. Anyways, Jacobs really had fun with this collection and I love the wildness of it all. I'm dying to get my hands on the blue MTV sweatshirt which Gigi Hadid was spotted wearing in early November.
Another front runner for dream red carpet dresses. Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig continue to knock it out of the park on Marchesa's romantic dresses. Inspired by the Martin Scorsese film Casino, this collection reflects the luxury of Vegas. My personal favorite in this collection is the blush pink off-the-shoulder gown. It's absolutely perfect.
I've really been into '70s-inspired looks lately, and Martin Grant's collection gives all those '70s vibes with a modern twist. I'm loving the full suede skirt and pajama-inspired ensemble. They will definitely be looks I'm going to recreate this season.
Organic by John Patrick
The beauty of this collection is in its simplicity. Pieces like these are ones that can be worn time and time again regardless of the season or current trends. Patrick shows a collection full of high quality basics that every woman should have in her closet.
Another collection whose beauty is in the simplicity. Designer Oskar Metsavaht used sustainable fabrics to create his resort collection, but they are still high quality and beautiful. I have my eye on the shirtdresses as pieces to add to my wardrobe.
rag & bone
rag & bone's resort collection blew me away. I know I've said this a few times already, but designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville really nailed down the cool girl aesthetic. I love that athleisure is finding its way into designer collections, and it really shows its influence here with track pants and sporty styling. The athlete in me loves this collection.
I am not typically a fan of ruffles or full skirts, but this collection is undeniably beautiful. That's all I can really say. Assoulin's resort collection is beautiful.
Another collection that may surprise some of you, but Temperley London's candy-colored and patterened confections really caught my eye. The simple silhouettes keep the colors and patterns from being too overwhelming. It's not surprising to learn that designer Alice Temperley was inspired by dream catchers.
Let me just start by saying that the red velvet suit is winter workwear goals. Theory's collection contained a lot of the oversize pieces that I've been loving lately. Lisa Kulson mastered the laid back but put together look, a look that is increasingly popular today, especially for people around my age.
Alan Eckstein and Donna Kang have created a bright and cheery resort collection. I'm not usually a colorful person, but I love the colorblocking and saturated hues throughout the looks. Those yellow culottes are a must-have this season for me.
I love this collection and have actually written about it before on CollegeFashionista. The pieces are so easy to wear, and most of them can transfer between day and night life. Again, this collection has a lot of oversized pieces which I've been loving. It's great to see designers step away from looks that are so tight and revealing and instead go for something way more relaxed.
With US-Cuban relations growing stonger, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli designed a collection inspired by the island country. With bright colors, print mixing and light and airy pieces, this collection is chic and relaxed all at the same time. I'm especially loving the butterfly-embroidered denim look.
Yet ANOTHER collection feeding my desire to buy a killer pantsuit. Many of these looks would be great for the holiday season that is now upon us with lush velvets and moody hues. I am now searching high and low for a pair of leather pants and a velvet blazer to wear this season, not just together, but with more relaxed pieces like oversized T-shirts or boyfriend jeans.
Black and white. My perfect colors. With some added pops of brighter hues in some floral embroidery, I love Zuhair Murad's latest offering. The black romper is going on my list for spring along with the feminine details shown here.
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I hope you enjoyed another Runway Rankings! This series will be back again in March to review the most wearable Spring 2017 collections!
See you back here on Thursday!
Photos: Vogue Runway