Mary Katrantzou wanted to evoke a sense of “ease” with her resort collection. “I wanted it to be a bit effortless,” she said. There are mini- and maxidresses in deep pink or bright white, their blocks of color sliced with sections of sun-ray pleats in rainbow stripes. Katrantzou also melded together Op-Art stripes and rich floral imagery from early-20th-century flower seed packets, making for a modern yet romantic effect.
Alexander McQueen was in full bloom for resort as creative director Sarah Burton planted a garden of prints and patterns based on sweet pea, lily of the valley, begonia and hollyhock. “It’s the very opposite of last season’s darkness, and all about growth, freshness, springtime — and optimism,” said Burton, who interspersed her flowers with jewels and finishes with a precious heirloom feel.
For their sister Marchesa Notte line, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig took the same inspiration cues from their Marchesa resort collection — Islamic flowers and tiles — and translated the theme for the brand’s slightly younger customer.