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Prom­e­nade Casiraghi pro­vided a dra­matic back­drop for Raf Si­mons’s cre­ations

Hon­our­ing ven­er­a­ble ties be­tween the house of Dior and the royal fam­ily of Monaco, artis­tic di­rec­tor Raf Si­mons pre­sented the 2014 Cruise Col­lec­tion, his very first for the sto­ried mai­son, at Prom­e­nade Casiraghi on Port Her­cules, Monte Carlo.

Burst­ing with vi­vac­ity and light, the Bel­gian de­signer’s sheer cre­ations re­flected a reimag­ined at­ti­tude. “The fo­cus for me here was on lace and en­ergy,” ex­plained Si­mons, who claimed the ex­quis­ite col­lec­tion was in fact a chal­lenge for him as he had never worked with the del­i­cate fab­ric be­fore. “It was about trans­form­ing the mean­ing of the ma­te­rial; not ro­man­tic, not his­tor­i­cal, not old, to some­thing light, play­ful, colour­ful, and mod­ern – with en­ergy.”

Sig­na­ture el­e­ments re­main strong, as seen in the Bar jacket’s crisp tai­lor­ing, jux­ta­posed with the rolling waves of the Mediter­ranean Sea. Corolle dresses in a rain­bow of sum­mer colours were a one-way ticket to sexy, with high splits and zips adding a se­duc­tive twist. Lay­ered sun­wear in­spired a fresh in­sou­ciance, per­fectly paired with stilet­tos of sil­ver, coral, and ocean blue.

Grac­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion with their pres­ence were Al­bert II, Prince of Monaco, and Char­lene, Princess of Monaco. Re­splen­dent in Dior at the post-show celebration, Her Serene High­ness Princess Char­lene cer­tainly looked set to con­tinue the stylish legacy of her iconic pre­de­ces­sor, Princess Grace.

Mar­ion Cotil­lard

Zhang Ziyi

Clotilde Courau Alexan­dra Maria Lara Syd­ney and Ka­tia Toledano, Al­bert II, Prince of Monaco, Char­lene, Princess of Monaco, Hélène Mercier, and Bernard Ar­nault

Elle von Guttman and Alexia Niedziel­ski

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