Oh the weather outside is frightful, and the fire, while delightful, is not hitting the spot, so if at all possible — let's pack our bags and head for the winter sun!
Whereas some are forever contemplating between the slopes of Vail or the shores of St Bart’s, I of course, will always opt for a sea and sun vacation. Luckily for us sun worshippers, a batch of brilliant resort wear brands have turned the eternal hassle of ‘what to bring’ into a doddle.
Resort fashion is all about looking fabulous without neglecting the need to stay fresh, comfortable and most importantly, versatile throughout the day. The same outfit could be worn to the beach, for evening drinks, a poolside lunch or a stroll into town — ultimately reducing your luggage weight and time spent packing.
The newest brand on the block is the eponymous label from Buenos Aires native Laura Manara who meticulously sources the finest Italian linens and cotton silks to create minimal yet bold tunics and shirt dresses, assuring us that one can be more alluring without revealing too much. Here the devil is clearly in the detail, or rather in the stunningly hand-embroidered collars, which for this collection feature fabulous sea life motifs and oversized statement necklaces.
Marie France Van Damme, the doyenne of effortless entertaining, is also the go-to brand for all manner of ethnic resort garb; from tribal prints to zebra motifs to python skin clutches. Her flowy pieces in warm palettes of seductive golden browns manage to surface the wild side of every wearer.
Contemporary cotton lace kaftans, tops and shorts are the specialty of Dominican born Miguelina Gambaccini, whose cheeky bohemian outfits play peek-a-boo with the skin beneath and have already been spotted on many a celebrity.
Before packing, I think a quick round of shopping is very much in order.