For its Spring/Summer 2017 Couture collection, Rolls-Royce combines convertible with cutting-edge fashion
by Evan Monroe
In a tip of the top to a summer that is likely to be a scorcher,
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is combining convertible and high fashion
with its Spring/Summer 2017 Couture Collection.
Under the stewardship of Design Director Giles Taylor, a team of designers from the Derby, UK maker (including textile specialist Cherica Haye, who studied at the Royal College of Art, and Colour & Materials designer Michelle Lusby, who gained experience working at leather goods legend Mulberry) incorporated fine silks and unexpected textures into interiors, then selected the neutral canvas of white on white to which three vibrant colors will added: Mugello Red, Cobalto Blue, or Mandarin. Subtle accents of the hues adorn chiefly interior niches of each Dawn, while the roofs will display them in full vibrancy.
“Our clients are the arbiters of fashion…tastemakers who sit in the front row of the couture shows, themselves influencing evolving trends,” said Taylor. “To them, the commissioning of fine luxury objects represents a curatorial process—with different forms of luxury design, craft, and execution serving as inspiration for the other.”
The Dawn’s dashboard, in Piano White, incorporates aluminum particles to produce a flecked but silk-like appearance, achieved through a lacquering process that requires nine days of work. The exterior color scheme, Andalucian White, is accented by a hand-painted coachline which drapes over the curve of the car’s hip as its line flows backward.
Not surprisingly, creature comforts and high-tech come in gratifying waves in the Dawn, including active cruise control, adaptive headlights, a heads-up display presenting speed,
directions, speed limit, and lane departure warnings at a glance, along with a Spirit of Ecstasy controller that helps manage everything from journey planning to a driver’s address book with the swipe of a finger.
Paul Miller Rolls-Royce
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