Fashion designer Rimi Nayak explains how to achieve the resortwear look
Easy, relaxed and a feeling of freedom. Resortwear has always had a zen appeal combined with the desire to travel. The pandemic, while holding our freedom hostage for the most part, has also sparked escapades to the beautiful Maldives or perennial favorite, Goa. Fashion designer Rimi Nayak, known for her relaxed styles, worked hard, trying to meet multiple travel deadlines. She shot part of her latest line of resort clothing “Escape in Paradise”, in the Maldives. Rimi discusses the models and classics of resortwear shopping with us.
What do you think is the spirit of resortwear?
The resort wear concept, which began as a pre-WWII capsule collection in Europe for the privileged jet set who took winter vacations to escape the cold, has now become a major part of the ecosystem of the fashion. Resortwear collections allow you to escape in style, whether you choose to travel or not, adding a feeling of ease and joy to your wardrobe.
With the Maldives and Goa becoming popular getaways over the past year or so, there must have been a push into the resortwear space. What kinds of models do you see emerging? What are people packing?
Since the pandemic, if there is one common thing that everyone missed the most, it was travel. And so with the travel restrictions relaxed and a few places allowed for tourists, people really wanted to travel and take a break from the current situation. Goa and the Maldives are hot spots for everyone and therefore there has been an increase in demand for resort wear.
We had clients from all over the country, including celebrities, who wanted our range of resort wear for their travels.
Most people were looking for kaftans, dresses and coordinating sets in bright tropical prints for their travels. Even overlays were in high demand as customers mostly wanted them over their swimsuits.
The photos of the Maldives are absolutely beautiful. Tell us about the footprints we see.
The collection consists of different types of separate pieces, dresses and kaftans in crepe, satin and organza fabrics. This is a fluid, wearable and elegant collection with abstract and organic prints of flora and fauna in bright, cheerful colors.
What are the classics of resortwear?
Caftans, kimonos, babydolls and easy layering are resortwear classics.
How do people experience?
Today, I have the impression that clients are extremely knowledgeable about current trends and that they are open to trying new silhouettes according to fashion trends but they prefer to style their clothes in their own way, according to their own. personality. Separate pieces are therefore essential and customers experiment with their looks by mixing and matching various separate pieces from their wardrobe to create their own unique look.
Given the situation we find ourselves in, we would like to get carried away as little as possible. Some of your figures can be styled in several ways. Give us some examples of multifunctional outfits and ways to style them.
We specialize in making separate pieces that can be styled in different ways, coordinating them with various outfits. Like our ensemble pant sets, the top and overlay can be worn separately with other outfits. Our popular style, organza print kaftan overlay, can be worn as a kaftan dress with inner briefs or a swimsuit and can also be worn with pants and a top to give a more formal look. Most of our outfits can be dressed up or dressed up with the choice of coordinating pieces and accessories.
What do you think are the must-haves?
A well-fitting swimsuit, multifunctional overlay, dress, and kaftan are must-haves if you are planning a resort vacation.
What are the right resort accessories?
The look of the outfit can completely change with the accessories you style it with. Trendy necklaces, hoops or long tasseled earrings, sunglasses, comfy flip flops and a large hat are some of the staple accessories for resort wear.
Give us great looks from beach to bar …
When you want to go to the bar straight from the beach, you can wear a few silhouette options that you can slip on over your swimwear and head straight to the bar after a good time on the beach. Kaftans, slip dresses, shirt dresses, skirts and layered jackets are the perfect options to elevate your beach to bar look.
Tell us about your personal favorites … what would you take with you?
My favorite is the caftan. Personally, I love anti-fit clothing and I love the comfortable fit of the kaftans. So it’s like my resort basic with long maxi dresses and also sheer overlays to pair with swimsuits.
Your favorite resort getaways would be?
I am more of the sea and the beach person. I can never tire of the vast vast sea meeting the sky on a distant horizon. The majority of my trips have therefore taken place in seaside resorts around the world. For a quick getaway, Krabi is my favorite. Also, although I have been to a few beaches in Italy, but it’s on my wish list is to visit all the seaside towns in Italy someday.