Celebrities / What's Hot
Instagram, An Insiders View

Instagram was everywhere during the 2015 Resort collection presentations and a great way to get an insider’s view at all the behind-the-scenes fun. Here’s a look at how three designers and their celebrity style packs trended “off-season” using the popular social media tool.

Stella McCartney

With about 775,000 followers designer @StellaMcCartney touted her guests (it-girls such as Liv Tyler, Amber Heard, Cara DeLevingne and Maggie Gyllenhaal) just as much as the clothes.  Inside the Elizabeth Street Garden party hashtags such as #stellasuperheroes, #stellasworld #stellagirls were flying to show off patchworks of print and stripes, side cutouts and sunray pleated dresses. The mood was light with party favors such as the always-enchanting “mustache on a stick,” blue lollipops and the ensuing blue tongue and bubble guns. The overall tone matched the “superhero” motif found on key pieces within the collection, including a suite of handbags that looked like masks.

Christian Dior 

Guests such as Rihanna, Marion Cotillard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Leelee Sobieski, Allison Williams and Margot Robbie arrived by signature Dior water taxis to the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Duggal Greenhouse for Dior’s Cruise show in early May. Through hashtags such as #DiorCruise2015 #diorbts, the official Dior Instagram account @Dior showed off the stunning “mirror effect” runway, backstage makeup applications (#peterphilips) and a number of the top looks of the season from creative director Raf Simons. For this presentation, he favored the A-line silhouette with scarf prints and textures both archival and new. All in all there were 66 looks to celebrate Dior USA’s 66th year.

Hermés 

And while their “All About Women” client event was not a Resort presentation, Hermés’ off-season party was one for the record books. Inside Wall Street’s JP Morgan headquarters there were numerous environments to enjoy. Scene 1 was a rerun of their Autumn/Winter collection, and Scene 2 was a full-on carnival with a retro swim tableau, pinball and roll-a-ball horse racing and a fashion fortune-teller. @Hermes and #HermesAllAboutWomen gave a fantastic look into the almost unbelievable spare-no-expense affair. A video clip favored by guests was “Dancing Bags,” and a photo booth elicited the hashtag #toomuchfun.

Melinda Sheckells - Guest Blogger and Ediotr, Crystals Magazine

Accessories / Women's
Striking Looks in Monaco

The Resort (or Cruise) collection is the most important one to fashion brands as it's on the sales floor the longest and is often most wearable. It’s also a fresh flow of new looks and just in time when you’re over heavy fall coats and are dreaming about your upcoming holiday apparel.

Nicholas Ghesquière presented his debut Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection for 2015 on May 17, in Monaco - the first time the house has presented such a collection in a show format.

The Cruise collection was significantly more embellished and playful than what Ghesquière did for Fall. He appeared to be having fun when designing this collection: collaging mismatched prints, embroidering lace with tiny seed beads, and accessorizing with spiky silver belts and gladiator sandal-boots that inched up toward the knees. Deep pink was paired with baby pink, and caution orange with yellow and sea blue—"a game of colors," he called it.

Keep an eye out for the energetic Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection at The Shops at Crystals later this Summer.

View the entire collection  on our Pinterest Page or watch the full Louis Vuitton Cruise Show presented by Artistic Director of Women's Collections Nicolas Ghesquière. 

Accessories / Men's
Blue Universe

When men's designer Kim Jones showed the new Louis Vuitton collection in Paris, he continued to prove why he's the most formidable menswear designers in the game. Jones has a penchant for tapping into the centuries-old heritage of the fashion house and making it seem as relevant as ever. Taking the Damier signature checkerboard pattern and remaking it in black and dark blue.

The newly christened Damier Cobalt canvas collection is proof that you can teach an old print new tricks, and what's more—you can already purchase the coveted collection now! From luxurious bags to small accessories like wallets and card holders, the new collection offers something for every guy looking to upgrade his everyday carry.

Accessories / Women's
Inspired by 21st Century Glamour

This season is a celebration of Versace’s strength-- Shown with ease, rock energy, and effortless luxury. The richness of Versace meets the attitude of the street which creates a fresh reality for day and a powerful statement at night.

The Versace woman is effortless, with 21st century glamour. She’s a real woman who loves luxury. Denim and leather jackets are the new blazer, while raffia skirts have a fresh liberating feel with lots of volume.

Shop the entire Spring collection at the Versace boutique located on the first level of The Shops at Crystals. 

Women's / Men's
Revisit Retro Inspired Eyewear

From Malcolm X to Mad Men, browline glasses are inseparable from the style and spirit of the '50s and '60s, cultivating an air of intellectualism with a rebellious edge.  Oliver Peoples effortlessly captures the appeal of this classic eyewear design with the Banks collection, a meticulous balance of premium acetates and finely filigreed metals.

Flattering for both men and women, the Banks collection is available in four colorways, comprising of minimally sleek black and luminously rich tortoise patterns. Each is outfitted with mineral glass lenses in an assortment of tints for top optical performance. 

Inspired by vintage eyewear and designed to endure the test of time, the Banks collection is available at the ILORI boutique on the second level of The Shops at Crystals.

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