A somewhat confusing but consistent phenomenon in fashion is the arrival of pre-season collections, which debut and deliver between the spring and fall debuts that anchor the industry's calendar. These have many different names and release timelines, and no “pre-season” exemplifies that better than resort — which is also referred to as “pre-spring” or “cruise” or simply “winter,” and lands in stores and online anywhere between October and December.
Resort collections cover everything from vacation wear to party dressing to simply pieces to weather lowering temperatures in. Much like the “main” spring and summer lines, they're revealed many months before, at the beginning of summer — for 2023, for instance, they started trickling out the first week of May, and we may see a few more in the next few weeks. Still, it's an important opportunity for brands: Some stage elaborate destination runways for these collections; others have abandoned the spring/fall cadence altogether and opted to show biannually on the pre-collection schedule.