Full Circle

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It’s exactly four years ago to the day that I published the last post on my Style Illustrated blog recapping Resort ‘13.  I didn’t know at the time that it would be my last post.  My life was about to change drastically.  I was Jolain Bowen then, now divorced I have returned to my maiden name.  I was also about to start designing the knitwear for Carolina Herrera, which led me to an incredibly talented group of people whom I now consider dear friends.   One door closes another opens.


As a lover of circles and symmetry I thought it only fitting to start again with a recap of Resort for my new blog.  In four years much has changed in the design world.  The musical chairs of designers continues at an accelerated pace with different derrieres in the drivers seat of most of the major French and American houses. In Italy Gucci changed guard and Alessandro Michele began a 70’s love fest more 70’s than the actual 70’s.  It’s influence of eccentric mixes sending shockwaves throughout all but the most minimalist corners of the industry.


One thing hasn’t changed in four years, the lengthy time it takes to show Resort, which began in Cuba with Chanel May 4th and is still going strong. The other constant is the catch all nature of the Resort season with everything from furs to bra tops.  As confusing and dysfunctional as Resort appears to be it’s probably the most important selling season of the year.   I find it a great season to find real clothes that can seamlessly take you through those tricky transitional times that we have here in New York where one day it may be 70 and sunny and the next snowing.  Here are some of my favorite picks from Resort so far.

Altuzarra 3


Bottega 2
Bottega Veneta


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Calvin Klein Collection


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Tomas Maier


Narciso Rodriguez
Louis Vuitton 01
Louis Vuitton                                                                                                             Images from vogue.com