Resort in Retrospect: Accessories

Brigitte Bardot and Bianca Jagger served as inspirations for many a Resort 2011 show, Chanel’s St. Tropez romp and Dior’s Shanghai spectacle among them. So, it’s no surprise that the season’s accessories were widely retro with a Parisian twist. Floral motifs (blooming off boxy handbags at Marc Jacobs and appearing in the form of bright, abstract prints on Balenciaga’s platform sandals), scrunched ankle boots, and mini-messenger bags were a playful nod towards the sweeter side of the ’60s. Cat-eye shades, a look that has steadily gained speed over the past two seasons, were also well-represented, with Vuitton’s slightly larger updated version standing out among the rest. Turbansâ??from the classic black, red and neutral styles at Lanvin to the Mod-ish striped and printed varieties that were paired with mammoth black and white hooped earrings at Missoniâ??are a fashion-forward solution for hiding unruly post-beach hair. Missoni embraced another widespread vintage trend with its array of checkerboard, yellow and orange bangles. 3.1 Phillip Lim showed a chunky, wooden hippie-inspired range of the baubles and, while his collection was not exactly retro, Juan Carlos Obando’s sculptural black-and-white cuffs stacked up well against the competition.