From the Runway: Our 5 Favorite 2012 Resort Collections

I love resort collections because they are usually a little less esoteric and a little more practical, featuring simpler lines and lighter, more wearable fabrics. Unlike haute couture collections, the resort wear pieces are easier to translate into an everyday wardrobe. The 2012 collections have gone down the runway and several of them are worth a look; even if we can't afford the designer pieces themselves, we can certainly afford to be inspired by them.

View slideshows of 2012 Resort collections online.

Chanel Resort 2012

I am a loyal Chanel fan, and even though Karl Lagerfeld is a strange character, I think his design aesthetic is gorgeous. I may not relate to the weird white-leather thong/sandal/knee-high boots on the models but I did respond to the bright, sunny, yellow color that pops in a collection of whites and blacks. Asymmetrical necklines, cut-outs and lots of floral embroidery provide visual interest. I'm also in love with the jewelry that is styled with the collection: Diamonds in celestial designs of stars, comets and moons, including big, bold brooches. I love a good brooch, and Uncle Karl has scattered them--like stars--throughout the looks on his runway models.

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Christina Uticone