The term cruise collection or
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
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.
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Can you guess who creates cruise collections?
fashion designers create cruise collections.