Dior resort 2014 collection.
Dior renewed its long-standing love affair with Monaco by staging a fashion show for its resort 2014 collection in the tiny principality on Saturday night.
The event took place in a specially constructed white box jutting out over the port, affording guests a spectacular Mediterranean Sea backdrop for a collection that melded athletic ease with subtle eroticism.
The initial idea was to set off the clothes — in shades like lemon, cobalt and blush pink — against a bright blue backdrop, but the skies were resolutely uncooperative and a steady rain fell throughout the day and evening.
The dark clouds and slate blue sea were a dramatic foil to the creations of Dior artistic director Raf Simons, who expressed a more playful side with loose constructions and an abundance of lace.
“I originally wanted to start with the clichés of what we all think about when we think about cruise, but then I also wanted to bring a new materialization and work with fabrics that I am not used to,” he said.
Simons noted it was his first time using lace, a material he has shunned in the past. “I thought it’s kind of old, and too romantic and too fragile. And suddenly I thought, it’s a challenge to make it modern and edgy and kind of futuristic.”
Celebrities in attendance included Liv Tyler, Ruth Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Jessica Biel and Ana Girardot. Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, accompanied by Prince Albert’s nephew, Andrea Casiraghi, and his fiancée, Tatiana Santo Domingo were also at the show.