Highlights From Resort ’13, Part 1

With footwear looks ranging from platform creepers and velvet slides to tribal sandals, the resort season is heating up.

Last night’s Oscar de la Renta resort show was all about ladylike fanfare. Every customer should find something among the offerings of jeweled velvet slides and red gingham espadrilles with ankle ties. And with color pairings that included a black-white-and-blue combo, red-and-blue ginghams and a purple-and-green abstract floral, the collection was well suited for warm-weather holidays, while a handful of lace and silk creations are perfect for festive end-of-year events.

Flats also made a strong appearance, as the designer showed gold lattice cut-out sandals with delicate ankle straps, as well as pointy-toe slides in gingham and velvet to accompany both dresses and sleek pants looks.

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At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld channeled both rococo and punk-rock aesthetics, which translated into a cruise collection of full-bodied bloomers, flouncy dresses, pouf skirts and a few pairs of culottes — some in denim.

The models meandered through the gardens at the Palace of Versailles in a range of footwear, but platform creepers made the biggest statement, fashioned as both suede slip-ons and liquid metallic laceups.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, feminine sandals with rolled leather straps, and closed-toe pumps in white and pale rose both featured see-through PVC portions for a new-age twist.

A few men also made an appearance on the Chanel runway, sporting cap-toe high-top sneakers with denim shorts suits.

Veronica Etro opted for bold-colored prints paired with tribal-inspired chunky sandals for her resort offering. Her use of wooden beading and leather fringe on the footwear gave an ethnic air to the more tailored, layered apparel in the collection.

Meanwhile, at Bottega Veneta, Tomas Maier explored the softer side of pre-spring. He took inspiration from artists Tiepolo and Veronese to inform his pastel palette and floral prints. Maier indulged in layered, monochromatic looks in luxe materials presented in head-to-toe yellow, rose and mint green. But his matchy-match tendencies didn’t stop there. The footwear was also part of his tonal vision, with color-matched pointy-toe pumps grounding each look with a feminine bow flourish.

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