One&Only Resorts Debuts Collection Designed by Marie France Van Damme
New capsule includes 10 versatile resort wear pieces, allowing guests to arrive with a wardrobe waiting.
“Most women I know have a very difficult time packing a wardrobe for a resort,” says the Hong Kong-based French-Canadian designer Marie France Van Damme. “Most of the time, they pack too many outfits or, worse, they pack all the wrong things—like jean shorts, which are not great when the weather is hot and humid, for example.”
To make things easier, Van Damme collaborated with One&Only Resorts on a 10-piece capsule collection that addresses what she believes are the exact wardrobe needs of women vacationing at any of O&O’s five luxury properties, from Reethi Rah in the Maldives to Le Saint Géran in Mauritius (pictured). This “City to Resort” wardrobe ($140-$850), which can be purchased in-full or in pieces at all of One&Only’s exclusive NEO boutiques upon arrival (therefore eliminating the need to pack more than one’s personal belongings; #genius), is neutral in palette (black, white, and one signature print), and includes a bikini, a t-shirt, a chiffon kaftan, and a black jersey column dress for evenings out.
“To look and feel chic, you need to be comfortable,” Van Damme says. “I knew the fabric for the collection needed to drape nicely, and not be too tight or clingy to the body.” It also needed to be low-maintenance. “The silk pieces can all be hand washed, and there is no need for ironing,” Van Damme explains. “It’s riskless.”
The “City to Resort” collection by Marie France Van Damme is available at all One&Only NEO boutiques, and at Marie France Van Damme’s shops and website: mariefrancevandamme.com.