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