Monaco symbolises royalty, glamour, sophistication and supercars. The enchanting port harbour proved to be the perfect setting for the Dior Cruise 2014 collection designed by Raf Simons, artistic director, Christian Dior. Under the patronage of Princess Charlenè of Monaco, the House of Dior presented its superlative cruise collection in the port of the principality (the very place where all those super-luxurious cruise liners stop).
The mid-century colour combinations of the collection and essential movement of the clothes came into its surreal own in the Mediterranean light. The lace motif was predominant throughout the collection, examined in a multiplicity of ways and treatments—printed, embroidered, bonded, glazed, etc.
At the same time, other traditional elements were treated in a similarly dynamic yet insouciant way. The signature ‘Bar’ tailoring was further explored, where it was rounded and relaxed for the collection. And, of course, as always, there were elements from the Dior archive, particularly in the full-skirted dresses, modelled on the ones made by Christian Dior at the start of the house with his luxurious, rebellious use of material then. In this collection, it was re-imagined and redefined; history cut through with bomber jacket zips, expressed in new materials and layered with knitted sunwear—a take on scuba swimwear and traditional forms of bathing costumes.
Dressed in Dior was Princess Charlenè of Monaco, Marion Cotillard (in an embroidered silk crepe dress, a white leather trench, black and neon yellow two-toned pumps and a clutch), Jessica Biel (in a black and white embroidered silk bustier on a black and pink silk skirt with a Dior croco-skin clutch), Liv Tyler (in a navy blue bustier, black pants and a Dior black leather clutch).
This article first appeared in the June 2013 issue of Hi! BLITZ