Slideshow: The Twenty Best Looks From Resort 2011

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Though it's not as creative and dramatic as the biannual fashion shows, resort presentations make smart business sense: The clothes are on the racks from November till May, and the merch is more wearable (read: sellable) than at other times of the year. It also gives designers an opportunity to reconnect with their house's DNA, and really tweak and refine their aesthetic — as opposed to just worrying about pushing everything forward. Click ahead to see my top twenty looks from what turned out to be the biggest resort season yet.