While many houses are opting out of resort this year due to monetary concerns there is something about the post-seasonal practicality of the resort collections that is completely in line with the current penny pincher ethos. What could be more recession-proof than simple, easy clothes you can wear almost the whole year that come at a (slightly) cheaper price tag? In an age where pragmatism is on everyone’s mind Stefano Pilati turns out a YSL collection ( YSL Resort 2010 Slideshow ) of ensembles that all but scream longevity, reliability and chicness. The safe investments have arrived but there are still a few flourishes to be found.
There is a classic sensibility running through the entire collection which is its main strength and primary detriment. On the one hand you can never go wrong with the YSL signatures – the safari ready orange trench is to die for as are the boleros and high waisted pants but they all feel overly familiar. Resort generally isn’t a time for innovation but it would have been interesting to see something slightly left of field. In spite of this the pieces remain undoubtedly alluring in their own way – their simplicity and craftmanship is evident at first glance. Not to mention the undeniable elegance of certain pieces. The green cocktail dress alone, with its pneumatic proportions and gathered waist is as feminine and ladyike as anything seen this year.
But one might say that it is a shade too Lanvin-esque, or that the sweater and skirt combination borders on Prada, the head scarves and sunglasses seem Dries and so on so forth. As much as these pieces seem very Yves they lack the strength and purposeful direction separates them from the fray. Some of the offerings could be well made staples from any line and while the anonymity isn’t a negative per say, such a strong house should always strive to preseve its uniqueness.