Most major trends tend to be set during fall and spring’s fashion months, leaving resort season — which just concluded — as the time where the crazy, outlandish, and generally unwearable from the big seasons evolve into something more realistic. Take the Muppet fur that was everywhere for this upcoming fall, for instance: The fluffy blue, pink, and green pieces were slimmed down into sleek styles, like the delicate suspended blue coat at Emilio Pucci or the cropped hot pink bolero at Valentino. The heavily embellished looks that glided down the runways all year were scaled back into 3-D gems that dotted dresses, coats, and sweatshirts. Stella McCartney took it further by creating whimsical shapes like lips, matches, and hearts out of the rhinestones.
Lace continues to be popular with designers, though the takeaway styling lesson from resort would be to layer those pieces; create a head-to-toe effect using the blazer and trousers at Givenchy or the jacket, blouse, and pool slides at Nº21. For those looking for a jolt of color following a somber winter, the newest go-to hue would be a pink reminiscent of a certain stomach medication. Alexander Wang, who normally favors black, white, and shades of gray, used it in a pleated leather trouser, while J.Mendel and Nina Ricci both opted to present pretty dresses in the same shade. And while most trends skewed toward the wearable, the ascending bralette demonstrated that midriffs are certainly not going anywhere; in fact, let’s reveal ourselves even more! Click ahead to see all of these and more, in our handy cheat sheet for the warm weather ahead.