Mix it up Resortwear

Mother Nature has been a tease with the warm weather so far this season, but it hasn’t stopped us from dreaming up getaways. The first thing in our suitcase (after a Karla Colletto suit, of course)? A piece from our Knit Resortwear collection. It’s everything you’d want on a vacation: comfort, style, and versatility. Our Knit Resortwear is made from matt jersey fabric that drapes beautifully and doesn’t wrinkle. The silhouettes are simple in black and navy, begging to be dressed up with sandals or sunnies–the possibilities are endless. What will you do to make these look “you”? Here are a few outfits to inspire you, wherever you may be headed this Spring/Summer.

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 SPIRIT ANIMAL: Animal prints, tribal touches, natural textures like wood and tortoiseshell

Karla Colletto Round Neck Dress + Tortoise V-neck tank suit
The Row round frame sunglasses / Lizzie Fortunato Shibuya Crossing necklace / Longchamp medium bamboo print tote / Rag & Bone Croc-embossed sandals

 

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YACHT WEEK: Clean graphic lines with an eclectic edge from day til night

Karla Colletto Draped Pant + Pinstripe lingerie molded bra
Elizabeth and James Brickell hexagonal sunglasses / Nocturne Lana beaded necklace / Alexander Wang Prisma silicone tote / Pierre Hardy bicolor sandals / “Find me an Oasis” by Essie

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BEYOND THE SEA: Bohemian meets classic in vibrant nautical colors

Karla Colletto Long Tank Dress + Basic round neck lingerie tank
Eric Javits classic fedora / Marni printed PVC tote / Alexander McQueen T-strap sandals / Cara Couture bling beaded bracelet / “Clambake” by Essie

 

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As seen on A Bikini a Day!

In case you missed it, A Bikini A Day featured us again as their Bikini of the Week this past Tuesday! Tash Oakley rocks our black Transparent bikini from the Cruise 2014 collection! Find this suit online at Nic Del Mar.

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Snap, Crackle, Pop!

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(from left: RED Valentino, Fausto Puglisi, Matthew Williamson, Dries van Noten)

It’s been busy around here as we start to kick the Cruise 2015 wheels into motion, so pardon us if we’ve fallen behind with the Fall/Winter 2014 runways. As we play catch-up, certain trends really *pop* out at us. First, there’s your “classic” pop art: bright color blocking, dizzying graphics, Lichtenstein-esque comic book caricature. Dries van Noten just showed in Paris today and is a favorite for sure. On the (sort of) other end of the spectrum, you get low culture kitsch at its finest: advertising, typography, and cartoons. Marc by Marc Jacobs’ motocross, Rodarte’s Star Wars printed dresses, and Moschino’s candy wrapper couture—not the most beautiful clothes in the world, but Andy Warhol would be proud.

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(from left: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Moschino, Jeremy Scott)

 

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February 26, 2014 |

Fall/Winter 2014 Trends

New York Fashion Week wraps up today, and while we’re having trouble being excited for NEXT Fall/Winter when we can’t seem to shake this one (and obviously we’re a little partial to warmer weather seasons) we like what we’ve seen so far. Here are just a few of the trends for Fall/Winter 2014:

 PLAID ON PLAID ON PLAID

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(from left: Band of Outsiders, 3.1 Philip Lim, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Altuzarra)

One could spot plaid in practically every designer’s Fall/Winter collection. Could it be another reaction to last year’s Punk at the Met? From simple grid prints to bold tartans, laidback parkas to structured sheaths, it was all there.

HIGH FIVES

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(from left: Alice + Olivia, Karen Walker, Opening Ceremony)

A bit obscurer than the other trends, but it’s worth mentioning that we spotted a hand motif in three different shows. It calls to mind vintage Moschino, but otherwise we’re not sure where it came from. Opening Ceremony even had hands on the hardware of their accessories. Graphics and typography were popular on the runways this past week; even Star Wars characters made a cameo.

TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOATS

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(from left: Custo Barcelona, Thakoon, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Libertine, Carolina Herrera)

Fall collections tend to stay on the neutral, darker end of the color spectrum, and while this season was not quite an exception, a few daring souls turned the volume way up! There was certainly a lot of color out there overall–deep jewel tones and a carry-over of last Fall’s pale pink trend–but then there were multicolored furs…

BLAVY

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(from left: MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, 3.1 Philip Lim, Thom Browne, Timo Weiland, Herve Leger)

Wearing black and navy blue hasn’t been a faux pas for years now, but we just love this understated, yet edgy-chic trend

RED ALERT

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(from left: Naeem Khan, Vivienne Tam, M Missoni, Reem Acra, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta)

We realize red is not a novel concept either, especially with Valentine’s Day (literally) around the corner, but we couldn’t help noticing so many textured prints, laces and brocades (even mixed with eachother) all in deep red hues! Think power and elegance with a twist.

COMING UP ROSES

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(from left: Co, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan, Honor, Alice + Olivia)

We had our fun with Rosettes for last Cruise season’s Wonderland-esque collection, so maybe we still have roses on our minds (and again, maybe it’s just Valentine’s Day being so close), but there seemed to be quite a few roses out there. Floral prints popped up in a surprising number of collections, actually. Could it be a sign from the fashion gods that next winter’s weather will be a little more like spring? We can only hope.

As for other trends, it looks like the oversized sweater (and sweatshirt) is sticking around and overalls might be making a comeback as well. We also spotted a handful of what can only be described as a “bath robe coat.” Designer aesthetics seem less minimalist then in recent seasons–tons of mixed media and embellishment. Intentionally too much? We can’t wait to see more from London, Paris, and Milan.

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February 13, 2014 |

Where in the World?

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It’s soon to be that time of year for choosing the destination for our Cruise 2015 Swim Collection shoot and this brutal winter has given us some serious wanderlust! Where should we go?! Share your thoughts with us or visit our “Beaches and Getaways” board on Pinterest to see some of the paradises we’re dreaming of!

 

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Bikini of the Day!

 

See our Contrast monokini in white/black on A Bikini A Day‘s Devin Brugman today! This suit has never looked more smoking hot! You can buy this suit at Nic Del Mar.

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Fun & games by Karla Colletto

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The journey of Cruise 2014’s wanderlust It-girl continues with the Early Cruise 2015 Swim Collection by Karla Colletto. One minute she’s off to the races in this season’s classic, but vibrant palette. The next minute she’s a master of disguise in deep, mysterious hues. Who can keep up?

We’ve introduced a few new elements to give Cruise 2014 styles a fresh look just in time for spring! For example, the Contrast group now sports Pinstripe accents, while Trapunto is a new play on several classic Karla bestsellers combined. What else could be more perfect for our fearless female on the lam than our all-new Camo group? A second new group, Punchout, combines bold colors and laser-cut perforated details for a look that is all heroine. Enjoy this season’s many sporty racers and high-necks with comfortable and flattering fit for an active lifestyle.

The Early Cruise 2015 Swim Collection by Karla Colletto is available now through July. View the entire collection here and let the games begin.

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So long, 2013! Looking back before we look forward…

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It’s hard to believe 2013 is over so soon! Working as we do, in seasons, it’s easy to lose track of the time (we just completed our Early Cruise 2015 collection). As we set out our sparklers and noisemakers for tonight’s festivities (Happy New Year to those of you in parts of the world where the clock has already struck midnight!), we look back fondly at some of the highlights this year has brought. In no particular order:

1. “Royals” by 16-year old pop newcomer Lorde is an international smash hit and the song of 2013
2. Speaking of royals, Will and Kate have a baby: a boy named George
3. The long-awaited Baz Luhrmann adaptation of The Great Gatsby hits the silver screen and turns it gold
4. Human rights icon Nelson Mandela passes away at 95
5. Jennifer Lawrence becomes one of the youngest winners of the “Best Actress” Oscar after her performance in Silver Linings Playbook
6. Lululemon issues a recall for allegedly sheer yoga pants (followed by controversial words from the company’s CEO months later)
7. Punk gets its moment at the Met Costume Institute’s annual exhibit and gala
8. “Selfie” is named “2013 Word of the Year” by Oxford Dictionaries
9. Regardless of how you felt about it, Miley Cyrus couldn’t keep out of the headlines this year, from racy videos to red carpet eyebrow-raisers…
10. Beyoncé shows off her post-Blue figure on the cover of Shape in April (wearing a Karla Colletto suit!)
11. Starlet and synchronized swimming pioneer Esther Williams passes away at 91
12. Motivational messages from Kid President go viral
13. The Karla Colletto world comes to life in a Cruise 2014 fashion film
14. Marc Jacobs announces he is stepping down as creative director of Louis Vuitton after 16 years
15. Michelle Obama debuts new bangs in time for the Inauguration

As with each coming new year, we look forward to a promising 2014: a new round of awards shows and fashion weeks, big blockbuster remakes and sequels… the Sochi Winter Olympics will kick off soon… and who knows what other surprises this year has in store… From all of us at Karla Colletto, cheers to an amazing 2014!

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Karla in Wonderland: Behind the Scenes

 

Here’s a peek behind the scenes at our Cruise 2014 catalog and video shoot at the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, California last June. Not the most popular time of year to be in the California desert (can you even tell that it was 110 degrees while we were shooting?) Thanks to all the crew who helped us out and special thanks to the Parker for being so accommodating during our stay. (Photo credit: Wiola Marek, Pum Lefebure, Kim Thornton)

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Follow us on Instagram!

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Follow us on Instagram @karlacolletto for behind-the-scenes, recent press,
and photos from the Karla Colletto archives! (And an inspirational quote here and there)

 

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