Looking at the Akris pre fall 2014 photos was the first time but the concept of culottes in resort/cruise collections is not new. Just like the maxi, culottes are associated with resort wear.
Craven crepe and cotton culottes
"Culottes are the shape of the season. The voluminous cut of Roksanda Ilincic's textured midnight-blue crepe style is accentuated by bright jade and neutral cotton panels. Style this mid-weight pair from the Resort '14 collection with a fine-knit sweater and heels."
Butterick 4807 is a good place to start.