The Right Stripes

talk about top brass – Inspired by ships and whatnots, designers conjured up classic nautical looks for the resort season

It takes only a second of free-association to connect a military-inspired blazer with words such as “courage”, “strength” and “stamina”. Which perhaps explains why the nautical look appears so prominently on the runway every other season – who wouldn’t want to wrap that kind of power around your shoulders every now and then? This time, it was the turn of houses such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior to rework the theme, their show of exaggerated sailor’s stripes, sharp-shouldered jackets, clean-cut shapes and seafaring accessories proved a winning hit for resort. Oceans away.

Above, from left: Nautical themes from resort '14, seen at Chloé; Christian Dior; Chanel; Louis Vuitton; Valentino and Balenciaga.