Isabelle Gauvin  

By Isabelle Gauvin, Stylist

Isabelle Gauvin is a personal stylist for business people and professionals. A fashion speaker and TV commentator, she also creates looks for several Quebec artists and actors. In business since 2007, Isabelle Gauvin and her team firmly believe that image and style are of crucial importance in career success.

 

Who doesn’t dream, while the polar vortex keeps torturing us, about escaping to a tropical paradise to get your fill of sunlight, heat and vitamin D? For the lucky ones who plan to fly away soon, here are the cruise fashion trends (Cruise/Resort collections presented by designers after the holidays) that precede the spring-summer collections, which give us a good idea of what the trends will be during the warm season.

Take to the Sea
Take to the Sea
Carolina Herrera, Prabal Gurun, Chloe and Lacoste L6455* frame

Cruises are synonymous with sailors and the high seas have inspired many designers who offer patterns, colours and fabrics strongly inspired by sailors. Carolina Herrera features horizontal stripes in shades of navy, red and white. Slightly fifties silhouettes also add undeniable chic.

La Vie en Rose
La Vie en Rose
Ralph Lauren, Lanvin, Valentino and Kate Spade Angelique* frame

Whether or not pink is your favourite colour, it’s impossible to remain unmoved by these soft shades of blush pink and vaporous materials that caress the silhouette and give you a very chic look. Baby pinks highlight tanned skin wonderfully and lightweight materials are perfect for tropical climates.

Reveal Yourself
Reveal Yourself
Christian Dior, Vera Wang and Burberry Prorsum

Warm climates and lightweight fabrics make a great pair. Layering lace, sheer fabric and finely cut materials, exposing a glimpse of skin, is very much on trend.

Expose that Stomach
Expose that Stomach
Calvin Klein Collection, Michael Kors and Proenza Schouler

The crop top trend could already be seen last summer and will resume in full force with the arrival of warm weather. Calvin Klein and Michael Kors offer fitted tops that require rock hard abs, while Proenza Schouler offers a fluid alternative and overlays that are more forgiving. While this trend may seem difficult to wear, dare to try it and you might be surprised with the results.

Tropicalize Yourself
Tropicalize Yourself
Jason Wu, Matthew Williamson, Jonathan Saunders and Kate Spade Solie* frame

Ski patterns were all the rage this winter and the hot season will feature a counterbalance with tropical patterns. In addition to the animal prints that have been in vogue in recent years, you will see floral patterns - think hibiscus, palm trees and tropical flora - declined in dresses, jumpsuits and blouses.

*Collections and models can vary from one clinic to another. Contact the clinic nearest you for availability.