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Much of what we’ve talked about, when discussing some of the latest trends for resort ‘13, has been that the essence of the styling in each collection is the most important factor in pulling off the season’s looks, and not the garments themselves. If we look at Jill Stuart’s latest presentation for resort ‘13, this is evident, but Jill Stuart has got some great textiles on their side. Like Acne’s prints, this collection offers beautiful, dense, embroidered fabrics, such as the one featured on the bustier, that are difficult to find from other designers and perhaps too expense to recreate for high-street stores.  

Nevertheless, this collection presents some flawless looks for the summer that are easy to achieve. Much of this season’s Jill Stuart looks draw inspiration from the silhouettes found in the early 90s, reworked to project a more retro 60s esthetic. Dressed-up shorts are worn with oversized blazers and blouses buttoned all-the-way up. Midi-length skirts are pleated and appear in lace fabrications. Paired with short-sleeved shells with a small 90s floral pattern this becomes one of the softer, more romantic resort looks we’ve seen. The bustier and high-rise pencil skirt combination has been reinterpreted for the Jill Stuart customer. The overt sexiness found in Dolce & Gabbana’s original take on this look has been subdued to project a younger, more ladylike approach, with the softer florals offering a more wearable solution to this trend.

Look I: 1. Crepe shorts, Carven, $265 2. Large daisy shirt, Marc Jacobs, $247 3. Striped blazer, Aubin & Wills, $242 4. Rosette-embellished sandals, Giuseppe Zanotti, $750

Look II: 1. Georgette skirt, See by Chloe, $292 2. Printed taffeta top, Acne, $115 3. Wooden-heeled sandals, Reed Krakoff, $318 

Look III: 1. Waffle-weave skirt, A.L.C., $495 2. Floral-print corset, Rosamosaria, $250 3. Kari lizard wedge pumps, Calvin Klein Collection, $373 New Markdowns