Resort wear, also known as “Cruise wear” began as a specialized clothing style, with designers creating clothes for their wealthy clients to wear on holiday. It has evolved from this, to clothes that one can wear year round, and designers now try to appeal to a much wider audience. Resort style is typically easier to wear, because of less-fussy silhouettes, and simpler textiles too. For this trend report, we’ll discuss color trends from the Resort 2015 collections.

Resort 2015 is the year of opposites, as two of its biggest trends (color-wise) are so very different from each other. Resort 2015 was about bright, vivid colors and prints, juxtaposed with more stream-lined, neutral looks.

What would Resort 2015 be without any Hawaiian-esque prints? Gucci, Thakoon, Louis Vuitton and Diane von Furstenberg (no surprise there) all featured bold, large floral prints in bright colors in their collections. Think electric blues, bold reds, even deep purple hues take this already bold print to the next level. Fendi’s 2015 Resort collection even featured bold polka dots, in a fierce red and gold.

Bright colors aren’t just for bold prints, however. Bright colored solids were shown on the runways, as well as distinctive, colorful graphic patterns. Proenza Schouler’s Resort line was filled with these adventurous prints, as well as Christian Dior’s collection. Missoni was also on-trend with rainbow-colored graphic looks, and anchored these prints by pairing them with black.

Christian Siriano is a younger designer, who expanded his resort wear line this year, because his collection did so well last year. His collection definitely packs a punch this year, with bright floral prints in attention-grabbing colors, to color-blocking that is playful and young. His collection is young and vibrant, perfect for a girl who wants to stand out.

It shouldn’t be surprising that designers love bright colors and bold prints for Resort wear, many designers best-selling collection of the year. These looks are joyous, daring and anything-but mundane, which is exactly what a customer wants to wear while on vacay, sigh.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, is the minimalist trend that took over Resort 2015. Which could be seen on Donna Karan, Elizabeth and James, and Michael Kors collections. (along with many others). Jason Wu took the minimalist look to the extreme- his entire collection consisted of white, black, beige and gray, yet still managed to throw some intrigue in, with the help of some fur lining.  Furthermore, almost all of Ralph Lauren’s 2015 Resort collection was navy and white (with a few gold pieces) to complete the collection, which is a huge departure from his last collection.

Minimalism doesn’t mean boring, by any means. Rag & Bone proved this by throwing in some blush colors, and leopard print to invoke some depth into their collection. Adam Lippes also had a very minimalistic collection, yet played with lengths and volume to give his clothes some life.

Now that you know what COLORS were all over the runways for Resort 2015, keep checking our blog to see what silhouettes/ textiles will be on-trend as well!