Sometimes it is nostalgia that can make something entirely au courant, and this is exactly the case with Chanel’s Resort 2011 collection. Saturated with seventies inspired prints and silhouettes, the look is carefree, poetic and breezy in semblance of debonair jetsetters and starlets amidst the luxe surroundings of St. Tropez. Bold and subtle colors find their way onto crocheted maxi dresses, cropped sweaters and gossamer caftans while a large assortment of denim pieces in light washes or rust tinged brown, some of them patched or high-waisted, are paired with neutral earth toned tweeds.
An assortment of filmy printed dresses and blouses with cheekily pronounced bows speckle the collection, not to mention a few menswear semi-sheer button downs in the seventies inspired print. The down to earth atmosphere of the line is complemented with sporty, bright graphic pieces such as a multi-hued patch maxi skirt and short sleeved cream sweater with yellow collar, baby blue sleeve paneling, and pink plackets as well as a few black or red gingham printed bikinis that beg high-end beach picnic or boat party.
A slew of all white shifts and safari ensembles are accented with kimono wrap belts. A smattering of prints and tweeds in both rust and mustard shades are pieces to be easily worked into a current wardrobe. Other stand out items from the collection are a sherbet striped long sweater dress, a Bohemian fringed tan mini shift, and the sequin embellished assemblage of black mini skirt and sheer and sequin midriff top.
When assessing the collection in its entirety, a characteristic that becomes clear is the level of cohesiveness that is maintained within a collection abounding with a capacious range of trends. The seventies might be having a revival, but the vivacity of the Chanel Resort 2011 collection moves straight through to the present.