In betweensies

Every spring and fall, I faithfully watch the collections debut on www.style.com and feel sorry for myself because I live in a country where it's summer at Christmas time, the Havaiana flip flop is a major fashion accessory and dingoes roam the streets searching for unattended babies. It's cruel and unusual punishment that New York fashion week, showing all the gorgeous collections for Spring 2010, should come right when the weather in Sydney is just warming up, and yet I won't be able to buy (ok let's face it, drool over and lament not being able to afford) any of the pieces until next March when it's already getting too cold to wear them. If life got any harder, I might have to throw my hands up in despair, fill my pockets with stones and walk mournfully into the surf at Bondi, shocked backpackers looking on. As if sensing my loss of hope, Aussie Vogue for October 2009 had a clever idea and has done a four page spread on the Resort collections. In a country where it's mostly hot, and where wearing a jacket in winter is less a necessity and more of an optional wink at a season no one really understands, why not look to the Resort collections? The Resort and Pre-fall collections are for the insatiable appetites of the fashion-savvy. These days, designers are not only showing Spring and Fall, but also Resort and Pre-fall for the lulls in between the major collections. The Resort collections are shown in June and a lot of them are available in the flesh in shops around the country (or at least online) right this second. The Pre-fall collections are shown in January and are available just in time for our mild, snowless winter.

Resort collections tend to be a bit more pared down and wearable. They appeal to the masses - the masses who can afford them, anyway. They're also a bit cheaper than the major collections, although when your dress is ringing in at $5,000, I don’t think “cheaper” is a consideration that generally crosses your mind. Regardless of the season, shopping for designer clothing in Sydney is like highway robbery. You offer them a credit card, and they snatch your wallet and drain your superannuation account.

Here are a few of my favourites:

Doo.Ri

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Marc Jacobs

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Marchesa

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Miu Miu

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Balenciaga

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3.1 Phillip Lim

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