The Best of the Resort 2021 Runways

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All the chicest looks made for cruising.

Historically, designers and big houses have been known to be #extra with their cruise collections, throwing giant extravaganzas in far-flung locations around the globe. But in our first fashion season in the age of COVID, editors, buyers, and influencers are taking in the “runways” just like everyone else: one virtual look book at a time. Of course, that doesn’t mean these collections can’t have us dreaming of trips ahead—they are still inspired by places like Capri and Puglia after all. And designers and their teams often had to create them separate from each other, an effort that is a testament to their power of creativity and ingenuity. Ahead, see all the looks that are having us count our lucky stars that our airline status is extended for one more year.

Balmain

Rather than giving into the fear and sadness that undoubtedly was the prevailing feeling of designing during a pandemic, Olivier Rousteing and his team leaned in to a colorful and exuberant future. Inspired by ’90s bright colors, bold graphics, and crisp tailoring, they created a collection that serves as “a reminder on the beauty of rebirth, youth, and optimism.”

Erdem

Erdem Moralioglu found his post-pandemic dream in the outskirts of London in a mystical forest. At least, it looks mystical when you put in dreamy floral dresses done in the romantic style synonymous with the Brit designer. The collection, designed while he was in quarantine, was inspired by Regency dress and the 1960s, another time of turmoil and political upheaval.

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