May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Cannes: Held at Le Palais Bulles, situated on the cliffs of Theole Sur Mer, Raf Simons presented a youthful ‘Collection Croisiere’ encompassing ‘an idea of freedom, playfulness and individuality’. For this season, Simons drew inspiration from the landscape and memories of the South of France, the colours, and the style of the people and blended them with a nod to the House of Dior’s iconic Bar shape. There was a ‘down to earth’ utilitarian twist to shapes that bore a distinct contrast to the traditional elegance without compromising the finite attention to detail. Classic shapes from the overall to the artist’s smock were treated to a clever play in contrasting materials while the Bar suit, reinterpreted in checks and gingham was cleverly manipulated with pleats, tucks and peplum waists. Sweet, dropped waist dresses, reminiscent of tennis attire were constructed in playful foils, cropped sailor pants were paired with Lurex-striped tops and mesh mini skirts with crocheted florals were worn under youthful Bar Jackets, adding to the fresh and modern vibe. A playful, youthful and reflective presentation of whimsical days spent in the French Riviera. – Lizzy Bowring
Theme: Futurist, players and adventurers and a youthful adaptation of house codes
Key Items: Checked wool jacket / Silk shorts / sleeveless cotton jacket / Knitted top / Pleated skirts and dresses / Sleeveless guipure top / Knitted tweed dress / Trousers with tab detail / Net top / Hot pants body suit / Bar pants / Bar suit / Coat dress
Colour: Caramel / Black / White / Yellow / White / Pink / Navy / Fir green / Amethyst
Print and Pattern: Checks / Gingham / Abstract Dior florals / Painterly abstract shapes / Stripes
Trims and Materials: Crochet / Smocking / Patchworking / Tapestry like structures / Lurex wool / Silktaffeta / Cotton / Rubber tweed / Guipure / Wool / Cotton and silk / Fur / Crystals
Footwear and Accessories: Flat sock-lined booties and leather sandals / Dior duffel /Chain handle bag
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