Season's Round Up # 16: RAOUL CRUISE 2013 PRESS DAY
A few weeks back I was invited to attend a press presentation for Raoul's Cruise 2013 RTW Women's Wear Collection and I left the event feeling a sense of deja vu. Don't get me wrong; I don't think it's a bad thing. I actually thought it was rather refreshing in a nostalgic way. The collection I saw embodied a spirit of frivolity and fun, very much like what we've seen in the recent SS2012 collections. Expect to see a barrage of huge floral and geometric prints straight off the 70's, bold patterns and pastel colors to brighten up your day. Further to this, Raoul's Cruise 2013 bridges well from FW2012 where jewel toned colors reign. Expect to see green and cranberry used throughout the collection, on top of latte and pastel pink splashed onto classic-cut tailoring, peplum and of course mouth-watering evening dresses.
It is in these that I say "deja vu!" as these elements are well-used throughout the 2012 season. But that being said, I think it's executed with exquisite perfection wherein not only will it tide us over into 2013 but it brings with it a sense of laid back nostalgia, which honestly is what the spirit of luxury vacationing beholds.
Nostalgic it may be, but I think Raoul has designed a collection that is unique in itself driven by the interplay of materials from stretch cotton to silk georgette and one of my absolute faves would be the pieces in silk Crepe de Chine. Apart from this, expect to find Raoul's brilliant use of colour blocking amidst a growing expertise in what is aptly dubbed as print blocking. Variety of pieces is another area which I think they have done quite well this season, where you can find tunic tops, slim trousers, bow-blouses, canvas dresses, Peter Pan double-breasted coats and as mentioned earlier evening wear. There will definitely be something that will suit your taste and liking - whether you're looking for an outfit for a weekend yachting or an ensemble that will make you shine in an evening cocktail or dinner party.
Go on to the next page to find more photos of pieces, which I thought were definitely of note and should be on vacationing fasioneistas wardrobe!