With the final stretch of the Women’s Resort shows behind us, and an athletic spirit lingering in the air…(sans the locker room odor, thankfully!)…I’ve taken a timeout to re-hydrate, get an oxygen facial, and devise a game plan for choosing my key investments of the season.  My playbook outlines a jumpstart on the trends—the biggest of which being “Athletics”.

*Alexander Wang Resort 12














For Resort 2012, the athletic influence ran the gamut from subtle sport references, to full-out workout get-ups.  Furthermore, we were thrown a curve-ball with swimwear that appeared to bat for function, yet at the same time embody the sleek-sensual-scant M.O. a girl cheers for.  Sport-inspired accessories, such as high heels laced up to the ankle like a boxing shoe, leather visors, and a key fob slung around the neck (Givenchy, GENIUS!) that could also hold a whistle in case one is heading to referree a 7th Ave sample sale, were incorporated into the collections to help us further envision the mood.

I’ve got my eyes on a pair of slim pants with vertical stripe up each leg and perfect hint of tennis from Fendi.  Other must-haves on my list are a scuba-inspired vest and hot boxing-style shorts from Alexander Wang, loose and flow-y wideleg trackpants by Derek Lam, and a shrunken leather LV motocross jacket.  At the top of my list, though, are the Givenchy pullover knit shrug and skirt with ‘cut-outs’ in just the right spots to enable clean, sexy ease and mobility in/on the fashion field.

Below is a starting line-up that demonstrates how the athletic trend varied from one designer to the next.  My personal picks for MVP all-stars are marked with an asterisk (*).  Photos are from Style.com.

*Givenchy Resort 12

*Givenchy Resort 12

Francesco Scognamiglio Resort 12

*Alexander Wang Resort 12

*Prabal Gurung Resort 12

Band of Outsiders Resort 12

Fendi Resort 12

Louis Vuitton Resort 12

*Roksanda Ilincic Resort 12

*10 Crosby Derek Lam

Alberta Ferretti Resort 12

VPL Resort 12

Chloe Resort 12

*A.L.C. Resort 12

Kevork Kiledjian Resort 12

*Vionnet Resort 12

Michael Kors Resort 12

Gucci Resort 12