Summer is almost upon us and with the return of the summer holiday season we see the return of the Resort / Cruise collections. These inter-season collections of ready to wear clothing are an additional seasonal collection put together by the fashion houses in addition to their twice yearly catwalk shows. Think pre-Spring, vacation and leisure wear and you’ll have an idea of the initial direction behind the Resort/Cruise collections. Whilst many brands choose not to participate in the Resort / Cruise catwalk shows, it is becoming increasingly popular amongst the larger fashion houses and Prada, Chanel and Dior are just a few of the names choosing to take part.

Prada Resort 2018: May 2017, Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Many of this seasons statement trends remained on show at Prada’s Resort collection 2018 and we saw a continuation of the pastel shades, sheer fabrics, multiple layers and shirts that have been adopted this summer.

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Sports chic was cleverly interplayed with delicate feminine pieces, of which many were beautifully decorated with embroidered embellishments, feathers and beads.

When it came to hair and beauty, double braids made their return and were worn with a defined centre-part. The overall finish was kept natural looking and flyaway hairs framed models’ faces adding a feminine feel to each look. Braids were teamed with delicate headbands and worn with a bright red statement lip, keeping eye makeup minimal.

Dior Cruise 2018 : May 2017 Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve in Calabasas, California
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pulled out all the stops this year inviting guests to Santa Monica Mountains Nature Preserve in the middle of the Californian desert for a show said to be inspired by Californian nature and cave paintings.

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As the sun set, this provided the perfect backdrop for Dior’s floaty midi dresses, fringed fabrics and flat brimmed hats and the collection possessed a strong bohemian aesthetic. Many of the models wore multiple layers and teamed together a selection of striking bold prints. Poncho’s featured heavily in this collection whilst mid-height lace up boots added a tough-girl edge to many of the looks.

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Hair at the Dior show was heavily tousled before it was braided into loose fishtail braids, whilst makeup was minimal and natural looking, giving each model a fresh summer glow.

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