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With pattern’s checkered past these last two years, I’ll bet you were waiting with baited breath to see how it would go this year. Intense color and pattern of SS2015 gave way to a dearth of both in FW2015, but then a few brave souls popped up this Spring 2016, and now, what? Yes, faithful enthusiasts, turns out we can’t live without those colors for long. Patterns are circling back into the fashion lexicon for Cruise 2016 in an elegant, sophisticated way, with small allover textures, prints and florals.
Cruise! Created as it is for those lucky stiffs who get to go on vacation to a hot land in the middle of a cold winter, cruise is often full of whites and fun colors, and ethnic prints. Cruise is an item driven purchase, for easy nights and cool parties, so each piece stands out on its own - not so much a member of a collection, but, rather, a great piece.
This season, white lives on as backgrounds for florals and geometric prints. On those white grounds, red is often predominant, vibrant among multicolored patterns.
Small patterns and reds live together in Michael Kors’ Cruise line for 2016; and that’s red in different hues and intensities – in the same outfit, as in the cover photo.
Dior surprises us with soft and textural far-from-tropical, anything-but-summer plaids. Could almost be FW, except for the light weight, and come to think of it, that red is very easy and summery.
Victoria Beckham follows the same soft red guidebook as Dior.
Chanel’s multicolored patterns contrast against white backgrounds - a distinctive look. The white glows, but it renders all colors dark and more or less equal although secondary to the visual weight of the reds.
LV shows that black is cool too this year, as well as that’s-no-fun-beige and deep dark greens. Beige for cruise? What is the world coming to?
Although color blocking rules the day at LV, a few patterns pop up: small tessellated ethnic carpet patterns, with many colors exploding against black structural lines.
Fendi Resort mixes red in the dyes to warm up yellow, orange and green, and includes the Chanel-like white grounds.
Alessandro Michele’s Gucci has combinations as eclectic as would be expected, with its own type of emphasis on red. Red flowers on the diaphanous blue dress carry on the druggy hippie Spring 2016 sensibility.
Valentino Resort has more of a classical flowery resort look on pastel grounds, but with a surprising non-repetitive flower placement that follows the line of the body from shoulder to floor.
Oscar de la Renta’s grace shines through in the elegant flower placement on white.
Finally, we see those high intensity colors of the old Resort lines, showing up in Roksanda Illisic’s line for Resort.
Better than follow-the-leader crazy intensity patterns, better than fuhgeddaboudit: freedom to go with patterns in one’s own way. Maybe it’s because Cruise is about fun and a season not so much in the public eye that we see this lighter-at-heart attitude. But, stay tuned for FW2016…