CRUISE CON­TROL Dior gives us an un­prece­dented twist on mod­ern ac­ces­soris­ing with its Cruise col­lec­tion.

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When Raf Si­mons sent his army of util­i­tar­ian Bar­barel­las through Pierre Cardin’s Palais Bulles, perched on the cliffs of Théole-sur-Mer, all ex­pec­ta­tions of a typ­i­cal coastal French col­lec­tion were thrown out of the win­dow. In­stead, tra­di­tion was re­called, and at the heart of Si­mons’ Croisière col­lec­tion are its fresh-look­ing ac­ces­sories; boxy struc­tured bags trans­lated through con­trast­ing elec­tric hues, patch­works of python, and braid­ing be­came new par­a­digms of Dior’s new light­ness of be­ing.

Take the newly re-in­vented Dio­rama for ex­am­ple – per­haps the year’s most cov­etable bag in striped pleats that ap­pear to evoke the rip­ples of a mul­ti­coloured pen­nant, or the patch­worked Dioris­simo in ex­otic python, hand car­ried with such non­cha­lance that it evoked a sense of in­vig­o­rated savoir-faire, re­flected through the col­lec­tion’s prêt-à-porter. That same air of je ne sais quoi re­mained even with its jew­ellery. Metal­lic ear­rings ap­peared al­most weight­less – mis­matched, but al­ways with a hint of grace­ful­ness.

While the col­lec­tion re­mained con­tem­po­rary, it was cer­tainly a throw­back mo­ment for Raf Si­mons, who mar­ried the idea of tra­di­tional crafts with fu­tur­is­tic lurex and laser cut­ting. But when you’re in the South of France, any­thing goes. Even ta­pes­try boots for you to boo­gie the night away.

Joan Braun for Dior

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