Fashion is all about what’s new and next. But this Resort season, it seems designers are in a reflective mood and are looking to the past in order to move forward. Specifically, many creative directors are revisiting their brands’ archives to reconnect—and reaffirm—their houses’ heritage.
For Zac Posen, channeling archive styles is a way to educate a new customer. After all, the designer’s been in business for 15 years now, and his younger clients, especially those of his ZAC Zac Posen diffusion line, might not be in touch with the staples that made him a household name. His Resort 2018 strategy was to incorporate early hits, like draping, sunburst pleating, and floral embellishment, into his more accessible range. “It’s like a training for younger people,” said Posen during an interview with FU. “We have thousands of pieces. I’ve kept everything—every sample, rejected pieces—so it’s nice to have it coming back.”