It’s summer, it’s travel time, it’s resort time. The perfect resort collection that crosses all the boards come from New York based, stylist turned designer CARLTON JONES. Fresh from a surge of noteworthy career moves, Carlton is the designer of choice when it comes to that easy, breezy flavor of fashion that every woman and some discerning men want in their vacation or staycation wardrobes. Carlton recently won the prestigious ‘Most Marketable Brand’ award at the China resort collections in Harbin. He edged past 120 other designers from 30 different countries. Carlton was the first American fashion designer to show at that marketplace. That came on the heels of his showing of the stellar launch collection in the ‘Boom Boom Room’ high atop The Standard Hotel in New York City, where the glissening indoor pool served as a reasonable facsimilie for a tropical backdrop. So, we were not at the overwater bungalos at Sandals Royal Caribbean, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, or the pristine beaches of The Cove at Atlantis, Paradise Islands, Bahamas, but, with his cabine’ of fresh-faced models tipping around the pool as a temporary catwalk, everyone got the message.
In luxurious silks, matte jersey and cool cottons as the nucleus of his colection, which effortlessly blend into the upcoming season, these clothes are definitely made for the record books. Functionality was one of his key elements, as each piece seem to relate to the other. “Resort isn’t just a destination, it’s a feeling,” said Carlton. “I am constantly moved by the most beautiful locations in the world. My creations celebrate the escapist in all of us.”
This collection is officially carried and now available at; San Antonio and Houston, Texas, and, at Escape at The Cove, Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, Carlton is doing a series of pop-up shops alongside fellow designer Jeffrey Grubb, and, will be featured at ‘Miami Swim’ the massive Miami swim fashion/trade show – July 22-25. “My swim line is inspired by my resort roots and will expand the line after the Miami event,” said the designer. Carlton is also gearing up for Collection MoDA in Jamaica in November and ‘Styleweek Bahamas’ also in November. A capsule collection for Kerrymanwomanhome boutique in Kingston, Jamaica is also in the works.
Carlton’s connection with luxury resort wear grew from his life as a leading New York fashion stylist, where he created unforgettable images for luminaries like; Queen Latifah, Halle Berry, Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Jill Scott, Yolanda Adams, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu and even styled First Lady Michelle Obama. “It started with a love affair with capes and the V-neckline, that inspired the first dress of my original capsule collection.” Carlton continued; “That look is forgiving on most body types, spiced with a touch of drama, my collection is all about color and movement which works effortlessly in resort settings…..the beautiful range of blues in the water and the sky when they meet on the horizon is intoxicating. That’s the fluidity that I wanted to incorporate in my premier piecies….In terms of a season by season approach, my customer is going somewhere warm in the winter.”
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 Models in Carlton Jones award winning resort collection shown at the ‘Boom Boom Room’ in New York.
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Designer Carlton Jones wears his signature unisex wrap trousers.
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