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Lush South Seas-Inspired Prints! Simplest Shapes... "Ornamented" with color, top: Bill Atkinson's scoop-neck top and full-cut wrap pants in thinnest purple cotton printed with palm fronds in terra-cotta, green and black. Vibrant earth shadings touched with scarlet and turquoise, bottom: A silk jungle-print, off-the-shoulder dress from Donna Karan and Louis Dell'Olio for Anne Klein & Co. 

Now that the fashion world is deep in the swing of Resort collections, it seems timely to look back at the hottest resort looks from 1980/81. Resort is still considered a more commercially driven season than Spring/Summer or Autumn/Winter, which it definitely still was in 1980 but thirty-five years ago the clothes also more clearly retained the "resort" styling of the season's name. Photographed in Tobago in the British West Indies, these cruise looks are perfect for a sultry and steamy tropical getaway.

Eva Voorhees and Kelly LeBrock photographed by Albert Watson for Harper's Bazaar, December 1980.

The pleasures-in-store for resort '81: day and evening clothes with an effortless sensuality... soft-shape dresses and pants in exotic prints and bright silsk; the most romantic blouses; coolest pajama-dressing; maillots with a new line on color and body-consciousness... Each with a look - a feeling - that's irresistible!


Wave-Making Color in Maillots! Bold prints and ruffles. A bright stretch of color on white, above: The sun-printed, one-shouldered maillot... the newest way to shine on the beach! By Lanier Laney for Lanier Laney Swimwear.The flash of "rumba color!" The purple, criss-cross-back suit with a cascading ruffle of turquoise, red and orange. From Elon by Monika Tilley.


Dramatic, Very Soft. Sensational color in an evening chemise. From Geoffrey Beene, yards of flame-red and bright pink silk touched with aqua and wine in the perfect soft, pullover dress cinched with a double-wrapping belt... all you need to add is a pretty, flat sandal!


Folk Influences... A New Sophistication! If you're looking for a very different kind of skirt and top... Koos Van Den Akker's white, crinkle-cotton peasant blouse appliqued with ribbony bands of black-and-white and a single stripe of blue, over his geometric-print dirndl in wine/black/blue/gold/white.


Prettiest Ways to be in Pants at Night! Fluid lines, beautiful cut. The striped evening pajama, above: Beene Bag's loose-fitting pullover top and easy pants in purple/black... for resort, for any relaxed evening! Pure bravado—the silk sarong and zouave pants! Above center, Bill Blass' surprise revealer—a floaty, front-knotted top with slim halter straps, to wear over fullest pants, both in a subtle stripe of taupe/beige/red/purple. The special appeal of all-white, right inset: Albert Nipon's asymetrically-collared, short kimono, side-typing over wide-legged pants... cool, wonderful with a tan!


Evenings... Beautiful Blouses Touched with Lace! The Romantics. The glamorous "gypsy", left: Giorgio Dant'Angelo's white cotton blouse with a deep-plunging neckline framed in lace, over a long, multicolored floral cotton skirt sashed in glimmering color. A very modern way to dress in lace, right: Stephen Burrows' soft, lace-collared tunic of white silk crepe de chine, scooped at the neck and cuffed with more lace... the difference is in the way you wear it—over narrow, ankle-tying, olive satin pants!


Sleekest Stripes and Soft Shimmer! Swimsuit seduction. The curve-maker, left inset: In bright blue with a shoulder-wrapping, lightning stripe of yellow that points up the line of the body! By Ariel for Haye Designs. Bold flatterer, right: Stripes of matte and shimmering amethyst, plunging low in front and back, cut away at the sides and thighs. By DeWeese Designs.

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