PHOTOS: Raf Simons’ Latest Dior Collection Is Fit For A Princess

The Cannes Film Festival may be drawing the biggest names from Hollywood, Bollywood, and beyond, but the chicest place to be this weekend was undoubtedly an hour up the coast in Monte Carlo, where Raf Simons showed his resort collection for Dior Saturday night. Don’t believe us? Just ask the real-life princess in attendance.

Princess Charlene of Monaco cemented her status as a front row fixture at the tony event in her principality, taking her seat beside celebs like Marion Cotillard and Jessica Biel. And forget wearing a piece from a past collection — the royal donned a custom frock that had yet to even walk the runway! Like many of the resort wares, the dress was a sporty take on classic Dior codes, with Simons’ signature deft use of color on full display.

WWD notes that the collection was the designer’s first time using lace, a material that he usually considers “too fragile.” He subverted this quality, however, by rendering the fabric in acid colors and unusual shapes, with lamé briefs and bra tops peeking out underneath. Accessories-wise, the neck scarves Simons has sent out in seasons past again made an appearance, while lemon yellow and orange ombré provided a fresh take on the the classic structured handbag.

See the runway looks and stylish attendees below, and watch the video for a look at Simons’ fall 2013 collection:

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