Over the weekend, in a very wet Monaco, Dior staged it’s Resort 2014 runway show. With Monaco being synonymous with glamour + luxury, it only seemed like the best place for this collection. Yet, with that in mind, the blue of the Mediterranean sea was to play the role as a complimentary backdrop to Simons’ creations – sometimes in pastels – but as luck would have it, the perfect blue desired soon turned into a muddy grey, with all the rain.
Mixing athletic with dressy looks, Raf Simons managed to create a collection that breathed new life into an already favored silhouette by many designers, yet, hard to pull off. Then there were his dress looks, in a strapless or thinly strapped version, with a zipper from top to bottom, giving it that modern edge. With the middle look below + the last look, it’s hard to believe this is the first time Raf ever worked with lace, a material he’s had a serious aversion to.
I also loved the different types of crop tops in the collection, from tight + structured, to loose + relaxed.
The designer told WWD about this collection, ’ I originally wanted to start with the clichés of what we all think about when we think about cruise, but then I also wanted to bring a new materialization + work with fabrics that I am not used to,’ like lace. Perceived by Simons as ‘old + too romantic + too fragile,’ being a true artist, Simons saw working with lace as a challenge, in making ‘it modern + edgy + kind of futuristic.’
(photos: Giovanni Giannoni)
A true success, don’t you think?