6 Bright Ways To Break Out Of Your Winter Wardrobe Rut

Photo by Ricky Michiels, styled by Sam Bates

Ruffles, stripes, and tweed, oh my!

As winter is fast approaching, resort collections are starting to hit stores. You may be scratching your head, asking yourself, Resort? Sounds pretty summery for mid-November, no?

Well, sort of. Resort collections are those in-between fall and spring launches that originally served as styles for ladies who would jet around during the cold winter months. (Yeah, we wish.) Given that the concept doesn’t fit the norm for the majority of us today, resort can include almost anything that makes sense to shop for before we begin our spring shopping (think: thin sweaters and breezy tops hitting stores the same time as sparkly holiday dresses and even high-waisted bikinis). To further confuse us, resort can be used to call anything from, well, resort and cruise to pre-spring and holiday.

However perplexing resort (and it’s pre-collection opposite, pre-fall) may be to the average human, these collections are actually sold in stores longer than fall and spring lines are. Also, the resort destination runway shows and intimate presentations, down to the no-frill releases for smaller, contemporary brands, are pretty influential when it comes to what we’ll be wearing come January. Pieces begin to hit stores now, conveniently, when we’re pretty much over shopping for oversized sweaters and already dreaming of warmer days that await us.

Below, we analyze and reinterpret six of the biggest trends of resort 2017. Click through the gallery below to check it out.

Photographer: Ricky Michiels
Photo Assistant: Wyatt Parker
Stylist: Sam Bates
Stylist Assistant: Franey Miller
Makeup: Clara Rae
Hair: Junya Nakashima
Manicurist: Tori H
Digital: Christina Kapl 
Models: Sujin Park and Van Kah at Red NYC

Photo by Ricky Michiels, styled by Sam Bates

Ruffles and frills
Ruffles were huge this resort season, from the dainty and elegant frills at Prabal Gurung and Blumarine to the more structured kinds at Louis Vuitton and Ellery. Personally, we’re all about a ruffle that makes a major statement, as seen here.

Sujin wore a Laurence and Chico dress, Off White jacket, and TUK shoes. Van wore a Laurence and Chico tunic, Off White shorts, and Dear Frances shoes.

Photo by Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images.

It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.