Rabih Kayrouz opted out of a theme for his resort collection, instead taking a focused approach to clothes in a bid to create wardrobe building blocks. The designer worked from simple shapes – a shirtdress, a split coat or a trapezoidal evening gown – inspired by the functionality of uniforms.
The same item was rendered in multiple fabrics. For everyday wear, there was cotton, poplin or washed taffeta in cream, khaki or black. For special occasions, he turned to satin in neon bright tones. “All of a sudden, the same item of clothing has two different functions,” he explained.
While avoiding purely decorative effects, Kayrouz did not shirk from dramatic gestures. Sleeves were covered in sculptural knots, while coats and dresses sprouted oversize pockets. Meanwhile, evening gowns used acres of fabric in minimalist folds.
Despite their understated approach, these outfits were not for shrinking violets. Think of them more as a canvas for confident women to shine.