FENDI In keeping with the brand’s AW17 runway show, Karl Lagerfeld reworked feminine tailoring and diversified it through vibrant colours and a bold ‘pop’ attitude for Resort 18. Instead of creating new seasonal moods, Fendi builds a strong narrative carried throughout its collections. As a buyer, having these common threads makes the process of buying the collection unified. Resort 18 is recognisably Fendi – there will be strong carry through concepts which are familiar to our Parlour X clientele too, with some exciting new delights. Charming prints in pastel colours and stripes through gorgeous silks, knitwear and footwear are luscious in fabric and execution. We will be receiving a series of large chevron and check patterns splashed on feminine silk dresses, as well as beautifully tailored blazers, in particular, a leather treated jacket. The Fendi ‘full skirt’ has become a new PX signature, fans of this style will be thrilled to see it again for Resort in new print and texture. A floral Shantung silk will have you lusting thanks to its easy-fit drawstring waist. The absolute epitome of luxury treatment and textile is a standout embossed velvet hounds-tooth print which renders the desire to touch and feel. Surprisingly, we will explore many pieces in fuchsia and pink tones which is traditionally not something we do, however due to client demand and interest, we’ve going to embrace the pinks and have a bit of a ‘moment’ with it from RTW and accessories. The accessories are also going to be on your must-have list; we’ll see more of the sock boot which has become the new ‘it’ trend throughout the Paris and Milan runways. We are going to explore the classic Fendi logo which will delight long-standing Fendi devotees, but in a modernised treatment across slides, hand bag straps and hand bags. WWD said it best – “Fendi prefers ongoing narratives to short stories and long relationships rather than fleeting love affairs. This approach is demonstrated not only in the 52-year collaboration between the house and its creative director Karl Lagerfeld, but also in the label’s design approach.” ISABEL MARANT Resort 18 across main line and Etoile was very true to the Isabel Marant signature of sexy, bohemian chic. With a signature offering, long-standing Isabel Marant fans will further appreciate the brand and fall in love all over again, as I did in the showroom! When a designer stays true to its identity, as a buyer, we can understand how to cater best for our clients and to know which clients love which style of designers – clients in turn love this too as it makes their lives easier when they can go back to a brand that they identify with. Now to the collection – we bought into many beautiful checked suiting ensembles and what I consider to be fundamental Isabel Marant silhouettes and styles across many cottons and many new prints. This intuitively flowed from last season which we did so well with, but these new prints, tartans and checks are even better! We’ll have a fantastic collection of coordinates in knitwear, dresses, jackets and pants which will fit seamlessly into the Parlour X woman’s modern wardrobe. There is an overriding theme stemming from Isabel Marant in the last few seasons; the concept of a ‘season-less’ collection – where a woman is timeless and ageless. Fresh colours like blue’s and rusts are introduced into superfine knits, printed dresses and separates. I have no doubt that our clients will love the distinctive pieces which are sexy yet effortless such as short mini dresses and interesting blouses. Old favourites which are refreshed for Resort 18, will be the ‘Barton Dress’, ‘Daniella Top’ and ‘Dobs Pant’, along with your favourite ‘Bart’ and ‘Bobbie’ trainers with Velcro fastening and ankle boots in rust and grey suede. In fact, the shoe offering is familiar with a fun, modern twist. Something to keep your eye out for! ISABEL MARANT ETOILEThe Etoile line was a feminine; a playful mix of sexy casual. Parlour X will be receiving recognisable look successions that will be familiar to our clients, like main line – this continuity is going to be so easy for clients weaving new pieces into their existing wardrobes. A beautifully textured woven story is extremely lightweight for easy wear – think sleeveless tops, kaftans and mini dresses. A standout of this story is a yoke mini skirt in a grey woven, with neutral pin stripe and outlining – an essential piece as the warmer weather hits in a city like Sydney or Brisbane. Another popular story will be the ruched series that Isabel Marant is renowned for. This will be featured through miniskirts with ruffled hems and feather-light dresses. This look is rather prominent for Marant girls. Some new favourites in the showroom and which is perfect for layering, is a quilted-padded like sleeveless vest in printed cotton, with studded detail outlining the collarless piece. We’ll see a bit of this quilted outwear across Isabel’s main and Etoile collections too. Anticipate double-breasted check, pinstripe and coloured suiting jackets and even more fantastic checked pants in wide leg and cropped slim leg, sumptuous linens and many blue’s and yellow’s. There is also a boucle series which has been refined from previous seasons, and even better than before in colour way and design treatment. The Etoile collection will have you lusting after ensembles you’ll just have to have this Resort season. BALENCIAGAI am always excited to see how Demna has evolved and what he will present next for Balenciaga. Recently many of the leading luxury designers are referencing the past. Demna Gvasalia at Balenciaga has been hard at work forging his own distinctive paths, but still referencing the house’s codes, in his own voice. To start: the ‘piece-de-resistance’ of the season will be a classic Balenciaga leather jacket that has a silk-scarf attachment, which is completely detachable. Our clients will be planning this into their wardrobes already. This look was paired with a delicate pleated sheer mid skirt, the lining featuring the skylines of New York. This intriguing perspective played out as an homage to these major cities – from Paris to Tokyo, across RTW and hand bags (some of which had graffiti treatments), many of which you will be able to get your hands on at Parlour X! It is logo-mania, and this theme will continue through to Resort 18, on everything from tee’s, pencil skirts, windcheaters, scarves, leather goods and shoes. Logos are the trend of now. We revisit trademark looks such as layered, asymmetrical jersey tops that Parlour X considers a wardrobe staple. This season the standout is a draped nautical stripe knit with asymmetrical sleeves, fastened by gold buttons. A new style for Balenciaga under Demna’s reign, are a series of printed high neck or draped dresses in lycra as well as colourful, printed silks blouses with draping or interesting necklines. Balenciaga fans will love a daisy-print series, especially in a strappy long gown look. We also enter new territory with a classically black and white Parisian stripe print, plus effortless cool check shirts with an oversized Balenciaga logo displayed on the back neck. Subtle from the front with the obvious playing out on the back of the shirt. Resort 18 is all about the check and tartan print. Shoes and bags will be familiar, and surprise. At Parlour X you can discover Arena sandals, kitten and high heels with a pointed toe, as well as the new cult sock boot. ‘Bazar’ shoppers are here to stay, and will be back alongside some divine new bag silhouettes which you’ll have to discover in-boutique or online! Wow-effect guaranteed. VALENTINOHaving loved the Valentino pre-collection, I went into Valentino with fresh spirits on this quick, jam-packed buying trip. For Resort 18, Pierpaolo Piccioli took to American references stating that he was inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s show for Netflix ‘The Get Down’. This connection to American hip-hop culture and vibrant street colours was approached in technical, luxurious fabrics and the most exquisite luxury finishes. While the mood was surprisingly ‘pop’ – the classic Valentino romantic and whimsical silhouettes were still ever-present. A green tailored cape with white contrast which we have touched on similarly in the past, is updated in a sportier and more streamlined mood. No doubt our clients will love this tailored piece. Prints are always a feature at Valentino and will not disappoint. There were also pleated tracksuits, short and long zip dresses with contrasted colours and lots of layering. Much more of the Valentino simple shapes in styles like cape tops and printed knits. Accessories are going to be sensational for Resort. A quirky new bag style is a convertible shopper that transforms and mould to shape. It reminded me of something I’d owned many moons ago, and this bit of nostalgia resonated with me for this Resort buy. I’m sure our clients will love it too for everyday wear or travel. We explored the quilted box stud handbags in a plethora of colours and really indulged from black to white, poudre to khaki. It’s going to be absolute heaven come arrival time and clients have a hard time choosing which one to go for! A stunning piece will be a light pink velvet fused leather hand bag with quilting. The shoe offering is amazing: Rock stud sandals are rejuvenated in a flat-form style and the new Valentino Rock stud trainer will be this time, without laces. Race out the door with ease! There is also a heeled sandal in Bordeaux and Black with Rock stud strapping, and some gorgeous new pointed heel quilted flats and heels, with a silver cap toe. A fresh new take on the Valentino bracelets and cuffs will delight, as we explore the new Valentino “V” logo. Overall a superb way to finish the buying trip, with a revived energy for Valentino in its classically luxurious, impeccable finishes, fabrics and treatments.
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