The best of Resort 2014: We snapshot the best mid-season offerings from Gucci, Dior, Oscar de la Renta and more

Just Cavalli Resort 2013
Photography courtesy of Just Cavalli
Just Cavalli Resort 2013
Photography courtesy of Just Cavalli

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From Singapore to New York, in just a few short weeks the new Resort 2014 collections have taken us from one side of the planet to the other. So far, the collections are getting us excited for those fictitious rising temperatures designers seem to believe exist in January.

Both Tory Burch and Moschino’s Cheap and Chic lines kept things above-the-knee, offering a selection of short shorts and playful minis. Burch’s Moroccan influenced collection featured an exotic array of colourful vacation-ready prints while Moschino Cheap and Chic amped up the fun factor with floral prints and tie-dyes. On the runway at Christian Dior an equally flashy collection featured florals, lace and ladylike silhouettes not to mention intense colour blocking.

Florals also found popularity with Just Cavalli and Oscar de la Renta who both incorporated them into the majority of their chic cruise-wear pieces. Cavalli, who toned down the volume on his trademark animal print for botanical infused patterns, took the fresh and feminine route with layers of eyelet lace and gauzy chiffon. Oscar de la Renta, whose brand is the definition of ultra feminine, produced a selection of duchess-worthy summer party frocks featuring intricate floral embroidery and embellishments.

Escada and Gucci opted for more relaxed hues, with Escada choosing candy-coloured pastels and Gucci opting for iridescent earthy shades and metallics. Chanel’s show may have been the only one to channel the recent Met Ball’s punk theme with models sporting edgy pixie cuts and dramatic cat eyes. As far as the clothes were concerned, neither punk nor Singapore, the host country for the event, played an influence. Karl Lagerfeld may have been far from Paris, but with strings of pearls, tweed and a mostly black, white and crème palette, the line was nothing but classic Chanel.