To celebrate summer, we couldn’t think of a better place to shoot our June catalog than Krabi, on Thailand’s west coast. Only accessible by boat, the whole Johnny Was crew piled into a classic Thai water taxi--photographers, models, stylists, and makeup artists—and were deposited onto the creamy sands of Railay Beach on the Phranang Peninsula. The backdrop couldn’t be more idyllic, between the turquoise waters and smooth limestone rocks and our hotel, the Rayavadee, was as close to paradise as we’ve ever been.
“This gorgeous, undisturbed location was perfect for our Johnny Was summer collection,” says Karin Cole, creative director on the shoot. “Not to mention we all started the day with an early dip in the Andaman Sea.” To get a better view at some of our favorite silhouettes of summer, we highlighted the pieces you’ll want now and later.
Embrace a high-low hemline
While we love a maxi dress in the summer, there’s also an easy allure to a dress with a high-low handkerchief hemline. “It gives a really interesting drape,” says Karin of the Cassia Dress. It’s a great way to show a hint-of-skin while still feeling covered up, and the movement when you walk seriously brings the sex appeal. Pick a silk fabrication because it’s lightweight but also adds an element of chic, making this the perfect day-to-night dress.
Play with Prints
Everyone wears less clothing in the heat so that means you can be more daring with prints and colors. We’re huge fans of patchwork--like the gorgeous Seido Dress--because it’s such a bold statement that it needs little embellishment. “We styled it with a casual slide but you could easily switch that out for a strappy sandal and you’re ready for the evening,” suggests Karin.
Try the Tropical Trend
It doesn’t get much hotter than this season’s island-style prints. “These just feel like a vacation, whether you’re in Thailand or Hawaii or Florida,” says Karin. We’ve got this trend front-and-center on the Flare Sleeve Tunic Dress, Square Neck Peasant Top, and the Wrap Skirt. With bold prints like this keep the silhouette fairly body-skimming or showing a little skin so it doesn’t overwhelm your figure.
The trend of lounge separates you can actually leave the house in is one we can get behind. “It’s the ultimate weekend look,” says Karin. Relaxed silhouettes in a matching print like the Floral Blouse and Farrah Pant are not only great on vacation (they can be a swimsuit cover or sight-seeing ensemble) but also at home when you’re puttering around or meeting a friend for a weekend brunch.
To see more of our dream vacation style picks, head on over here.