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Front Row At The Cruise 2015 Shows

Cruise 2015 sailed down the runways in New York kicking off with a stunning show from Christian Dior with Raf Simons capably captaining the collection with impeccable elegance. While last year Monaco referenced a more overt glamour as the show's location, for the new season, the fashion house located to the much-talked-about Brooklyn venue used by Alexander Wang for his AW14 show - giving a clear nod to the importance of the American consumer to its Parisian sensibilities. And in typical Dior flair, a star-studded front row including Rihanna, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Marion Cotillard, Helena Christensen and Allison Williams were ferried by boat from East River pier down to the Navy Yard venue.

Serving up veritable style delights, the designer infused the fashion house's traditional tailored roots with bursts of colour and florals across dresses, separates, notably updating the classic Dior carré into the garment design. 

“These clothes are for women all over the world,” said Karl Lagerfeld of the Chanel Cruise 2015 collection which he showcased in Dubai. Models, including Lindsey Wixson and Charlotte Free, sashayed down the runway sporting larger-than-life locks, Aladdin slippers, floaty embellished separates and feminine prints galore. The collection was no doubt inspired by Eastern culture, “this is my idea of a romantic, modern Orient, a new One Thousand and One Nights,” said Lagerfeld.

Freida Pinto, Tilda Swinton and Elle Fanning attended the show looking gloriously seasonal and, of course, sporting Chanel.

For Louis Vuitton's Cruise 2015 show, Nicolas Ghesquière splashed mismatched prints, embroidered separates and vivid colour across the catwalk; sugary yellow, pillar box red, zesty orange, duck egg blue and baby pink – "a game of colours," Ghesquière called it, in the Place du Palais, Monaco.

Showcasing the '60s-inspired fit-and-flare silhouette that was favoured by the brand for AW14, the models walked over digitally-mastered floor tiles that played water running over rocks. Embroidered slips and scalloped hems added to the super-femininity on show, while accessories added edge in the form of knee-high gladiator pumps, multi-strap sandals and chain strap handbags.

Charlotte Gainsbourg, Brit Marling and Jennifer Connelly were just a few faces spotted on the front row, wearing leather separates and head-to-toe monochrome ensembles, respectively.

Roland Mouret showcased his Cruise 2015 collection in an intimate presentation at the brand’s flagship store in Mayfair. Calling on both bright colours and classic monochrome to update his signature bodycon silhouettes, Mr Mouret referenced clean lines and block colours: “I often think about geometry and the female form, and the challenge of how they can work together.”

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Check out our coverage from the Autumn/Winter 2014 shows.

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