Resort collections continue to trickle in and the next one on the list is the awesome Hugo Boss resort 2016 collection that Jason Wu has so lovingly pulled together. The complete collection will be sold in stores, even if the main season’s runway collections rarely all appear in physical form until they are ordered from the fashion house. The line-up is toned down really, has a rather wintery feel to it overall. It is lovely to behold though and we can see how Wu’s mind was on the more pragmatic pieces that are based on reality and not so much on the fantastical world many designers opt to create. Boss is known for its professional looks and sharp tailoring, which is apparent here as well, despite the fact that Wu focused on bringing a bit more comfort and ease of movement to the collection overall. The soft palette of light grey and khaki certainly holds true to that as we keep thinking of cotton and flannel and lazy days spent lounging at home.
The color blocks are shown on separates, and there are knit jacquards in waving patterns that really add to the gentleness of the moment and remind us of frothing waves. Along with the greys and khaki, we also see white and cream, bright reds and stark black, all of them giving the resort collection more of a feminine spin. There is something rather sensual about the wrap coats and clinging ribbed knits, the detailing on the neck working nicely with the more conservative cuts.
This is most certainly the collection for the professional woman, who knows her strength and can show off her body without actually bringing much in terms of skin. It is clear that Jason Wu thinks of the Boss woman as one who commands power in her grasp, with the office that overlooks the city, a million dollar view enjoyed daily. Her wardrobe needs to show off her efficiency and the ability she possesses, from her sharp mind to her work ethic. The German brand very much sticks to its strict styling, with the creative director throwing in a dress here and there to spruce things up and give the all mighty woman a chance to let down her hair and enjoy a cocktail after work. Casual seemed to be more of Wu’s aim, though there is very little casual that we can see here at the moment. There was so much precision in the whole thing, it is hard to imagine this collection as casual or laid-back in the least. He did bring the focus to some rather sexy knits, and they looked terrific when tucked into wrap style midi skirts, which we found rather enticing. Jason Wu is an excellent tailor and his suits are simply divine. The straight up chic two-piece outfits should be made more often, we feel, since the world has few designers who excel in the art of women’s suit design.
The hems of the skirts generally fell to the center of the thigh and lower, the midi looks really grabbing your attention. There was even an intriguing tiger-like stipe print design that appears on long pencil skirts, sleeveless dresses and two piece pantsuits, the sand dunes probably having been the inspiration behind them. Those black and white shoes have their own appeal and we can safely say we thoroughly love the latest Hugo Boss cruise 2016 collection.
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