Join the jet set

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - FASHION WITH KARLYA SMITH -

Re­sort or cruise col­lec­tions used to be the kind of thing you’d only see on the pages of Vogue, or per­haps on the In­sta­grams of in­ter­na­tional fash­ion in­sid­ers.

Cruise col­lec­tions of­fer light spring or sum­mer cloth­ing, at a time of year when the weather ac­tu­ally calls for win­ter ap­parel.

The in-be­tween sea­son col­lec­tions from lux­ury houses such as Chanel, Dior and Gucci are aimed at wealthy, sea­soned jet-set­ters.

In re­cent years, these same brands have been stag­ing elab­o­rate pre­sen­ta­tions at far-flung lo­ca­tions and iconic prop­er­ties – fly­ing ed­i­tors, celebri­ties and mod­els to Cuba or Barcelona for what amounts to as­pi­ra­tional, or just fan­tas­ti­cal, view­ing for the av­er­age Joe or Jane.

Lo­cally, an in­ter­est­ing change sees more af­ford­able lo­cal de­sign­ers of­fer­ing hol­i­day ed­its.

Ruby has charm­ing, in­ter­change­able ging­ham pieces with seashell ac­ces­sories, and Glas­sons has just re­leased a swimwear-heavy range of sep­a­rates, on­line and in se­lected towns, in­clud­ing ding Queen­stown and Auck­land.

Then there’s Karen Walker, who has just the right well-heeled Aus­tralasian clien­tele to of­fer this s sort of col­lec­tion to. For some time, the la­bel has been of­fer­ing re­sort col­lec­tions with pretty party dresses and stylish sep­a­rates per­fect for warm m weather hol­i­day­ing.

Plan­ning and book­ing a break away nice and d early is said to have pos­i­tive ef­fects on the psy­che – whether you’re fly­ing to the Trop­ics, or just driv­ing to the warmer climes of our own is­lands.

Even if you’re not headed some­where warm, a new sun hat or tank top could serve as re­minder that spring is nearly here. 1/ Sta­ple + Cloth Garnet pants, $95 on sale 2/ Kowtow Meadow dress, $199 3/ Cot­ton On Ry­der midi skirt, $40 4/ Deadly Ponies scarf, $140 5/ Ez­ibuy Brad­ford sneak­ers $70 6/ Katie Bat­tersby Wildwood top, $280 7/ Glas­sons daisy sy bikini top, $17 8/ Glas­sons daisy print swim­suit pants, $17

9/ Karen Walker Sub­lime dress, $675 10/ Ruby bucket hat, $49 11/ Ruby hair clips, $25 12/ WE-AR Floss scarf, $78 13/ Cot­ton On Bernie dress, $40 14/ Ruby Lemonade shorts, $169 15/ Re­vie Sagit­tar­ius slides, $239

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