Resort 21 - Christopher Esber

The designer says the trait he admires most in women is gutsiness—as opposed to high-gloss glamour—because low-key grit is more compelling than preciousness. He offered up square-shouldered pieces in men’s suiting or cotton poplin, spliced with waves of French lace or embellished with interlocking beaded crystal ropes. For color, he offered a few prints that were ink-sponge-crayon abstractions in Klein blue or terra-cotta. The idea, the designer said, was to give women some pieces that they could throw on as easily as a (ruched) T-shirt. Not surprisingly, the looks that spoke softly were the most convincing ones.