Fashion trends

Buyer’s Guide: Top 10 Key Items

In the high end of American fashion, it was once a business necessity for designers to offer a “cruise” collection. Delivered to stores at the end of the year, it was intended for affluent customers who would be traveling to warmer climates between December and April and needed a fresh look in lighter fabrics.

Over the years, most major brands have continued this tradition, as this particular delivery serves several different purposes. It can refresh a winter collection; it can give a glimpse of what’s next for the season, or it can keep an old tradition alive by providing warm clothing for winter. Call it what you will, Cruise, Resort or Pre-Spring, here are ten key items any retailer should stock for the 2023 holiday season.

1. Corsets

Several designers, including Christopher John Rogers and Proenza Schouler, have adopted the kind of structured corset made popular decades ago by Jean Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westward. Nikki Zimmerman’s collection was full of 50s and 60s style. look 12 was a structured strapless corset top paired with a long skirt with a yacht print.

  • Printed pants

Following this year’s success at the retail level, brightly colored or all-over printed trouser suits are making their way into next year’s holiday season. The 14th look in the Frederik Anderson collection is a matching jacket and blue and green unprinted print slim fit flared pants.

3. Black leather jacket

Black leather jackets have symbolized youthful rebellion ever since Marlon Brando wore one in the 1954 film The Wild Ones. Versace, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton all showed their versions. the Derek Lam 10 Crosby included a traditional version, embellished with quilted elbow pads and silver studs.

4. Denim dress

In the past few seasons, rugged denim dresses, especially long ones, have made a comeback. They are presented by N21 and Burberry. Look 2, designed by Walter Chiapponi for Tod’s, comes in a light blue and white wash with frayed edges and corners.

5. tweed set with mini skirt

The traditional Chanel suit has been revisited by many designers over the years. At Carolina Herrera, Wes Gordon showed a pink, white and gold tweed suit with a collarless ruffled jacket and matching slit-trimmed mini skirt. dsquared2, Giambattista Valli and Derek Lam followed suit.

6. cargo pants

Utility pants with cargo or bellows pockets appeared in several collections, including Diesel and Dsquared2. Nicola Brognano reinforced Blumarine’s image with a Y2K edge. In look number 26, the designer paired practical multi-pocket cargo pants with a feminine cold-shoulder ruffled top, both in cream.

7. Loose jeans

In recent seasons, jeans have taken on a ’90s vibe. Such was the case with Look 3 from the MM6 Maison Margiela Resort 2023 collection, which included a pair of extra-long, wide-legged jeans in a soft wash with a drawstring waist.

  • Lurex knitwear

At Paco Rabanne, Julian Dossena showed several shiny knits that were popular in the 1970s. look 3 was a lurex knit bra top with a side slit maxi skirt in cream and gold stripes. tory burch, Proenza Schouler, Christopher John Rogers and Carolina Herrera can also be seen in shiny sweaters.

  • Statement Shirt

Many of Resort 23’s collections, including those from Diesel, Rosetta Getty and Sacai, featured white or striped shirts that made a statement in some way. Among Chanel’s tweed suits and printed dresses, Virginie Viard showed a series of striped cotton pieces with the brand’s logo and fragrance number. look 55 was a long-sleeved button-down shirt dress with a floral yolk and white collar.

  • bermuda shorts

The “It” girls made “shorts” (knee-length denim shorts) and bermuda pants popular again. At Etro, the second look shown included a jacket and knee-length shorts with a psychedelic print.