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How Resort Became the Biggest Season on the Fashion Calendar [theFashionDish]

To those of us who fall into a deep, dark Fashion Week hole every September and February like clockwork, it can be a little disorienting whenever the Resort and Pre-Fall collections come around knocking. MOAR FASHION? Yes, there's always more. And in recent years, the Resort and Pre-Fall seasons have evolved to be bigger than ever. Today, the retail share of a resort collection can easily surpass a label's more glamorous Ready-to-Wear main line (not to mention Haute Couture, which literally has fewer than 500 customers worldwide). 

"The world has become about seasonless dressing," explains journalist Laurie Brookins on theFashionDish, a new original series from tFS. "Resort historically was more marketed as the idea of a woman's traveling clothes. You can think of Norma Shearer in The Women. They packed up their trunks and they got on cruise ships and they went traveling. That's what Resort was. Resort has evolved into this collection of seasonless clothes that are meant to help you in a transition period. And that's the reason it has become the most important collection for so many designers."

Chanel Cruise 2013-14 / Image: Getty

Chanel Cruise 2013-14 / Image: Getty

The debut installment of theFashionDish brings six fashion industry experts for dinner and a roundtable discussion recapping New York Fashion Week. In the coming weeks, we'll be bringing you lots of short clips and a full 30-minute episode drawn from the rowdy, hilarious and informative conversation that ensued. 

About our panelists:

  • June Ambrose, a leading celebrity stylist whose clients include Jay ZMissy Elliot and Zoe Saldana.
  • Laurie Brookins, a veteran fashion journalist who has interviewed designers like Tom FordFrida Giannini and Alber Elbaz. Brookins was also theFashionSpot's social ambassador this Fashion Week.
  • Katie Cassidy, the star of The CW's Arrow and co-founder of the fashion blog TomboyKC.
  • Jaclyn Jones, Senior Womenswear Editor at WGSN, a leading trend forecasting firm.
  • Chiun-Kai "Chunky" Shih, fashion photographer, Condé Nast creative director and the creator of Hipstamatic's 'Chunky' lens.
  • Robert Verdi, a celebrity stylist (best known for his work with Eva Longoria), television personality and lifestyle expert.

Julie Bensman, theFashionSpot's editor-at-large, moderated the discussion, which was filmed at The Lion in New York City. 

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