Christian Dior Resort 2014
Monte Carlo was the chosen location for the Christian Dior Resort 2014 show this weekend, with creative director Raf Simons putting a fresh, sporty spin on his now signature aesthetic for the historic Parisian fashion house. Seeking to entwine both the new and classic elements of Dior, Simons combined elegant silhouettes such as strapless gowns and feminine suiting with more daring and contemporary twists like zips, sheer fabrics and cutaways, offering a new, sexier direction.
After several seasons spent honing the new Dior aesthetic, Simons experimented with new materials and cuts for an evolutionary update on the look. The use of lace was new ground for Simons, who utilised the typically romantic textile on modern shapes with pops of citrus and sunset hues – keeping the material sharp and modern rather than girlish. Crop tops and oversized knickers underneath open silk coats and sheer tunics were futuristic in pastel metallic hues and allowed for the most amount of exposed skin from Simons for Dior so far.
Bright stripes of orange, blue and monochrome and tonal combinations of red and pale pink made for a cohesive advancement on Dior’s previous collections, while beauty stuck to the formula that’s worked for the brand for the past few seasons, with simple chignons, turquoise eyes and a fuschia lip.
All in all, a stunning collection from Dior that successfully balanced the couture ideal of the brand with Simons’ subtle, forward-thinking vision. And with numerous red-carpet-ready looks and an abundance of covetable accessories, the collection is sure to be highly publicised in the coming months.