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Cruise Collection

The term cruise collection or resort collection are for the most part synonomous.  They are also sometimes referenced as holiday or travel collections.  In French, collection croisière.  Essentially, cruise wear or a cruise collection is an inter-season or pre-season line of ready-to-wear clothing produced by a fashion house or designer fashion brand.  The collection is in addition to the typical seasonal collections of spring/summer and autumn/winter.  Note: Autumn/Winter is also can be referred to as fall)/winter.  The spring/summer & fall/winter collection and the cruise collection are often featured at fashion week events around the world.

The Cruise Wear Collection was originally created for consumers going on cruises (cruise ships) or vacationing in the warm beach front regions or islands during the winter months.  Cruise collections offer light spring or summer clothing when the weather at the points of sale actually calls for winter apparel.  For example, if we live in New York during the cold winter months, we may find a cruise collection in retail stores so we have warm weather clothing to wear on vacation.  

This warm-weather clothing from this collection starts to arrive in the apparel retail stores in the United States in approximately November.  This is after the autumn/winter collections and before the spring/summer collections.

High fashion houses will sometimes have a runway show event specifically for the cruise collection.  Others will add the collection as part of their fall/winter fashion shows.  Fashion brands that often show a cruise collection have included companies such as Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Zegna, Etro and Ralph Lauren.

The cruise/resort collections are wonderful for people that are planning vacation during the winter months and for people that live in warm climate areas.  Although usually intended for women, lately menswear is coming aboard with, Gucci and Burberry often sneaking a few resort looks into the fall fashion shows.

You may want to learn about summer dresses.

Can you guess who creates cruise collections?  Correct, fashion designers create cruise collections.

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