Rolls-Royce has launched its Spring/Summer 2017 Couture collection with the special ‘Dawn – Inspired by Fashion’.
Under the stewardship of Design Director Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce says a team of designers were hand-picked from the worlds of fashion, fine textiles and luxury accessories - including textile specialist Cherica Haye from the Royal College of Art and leather technologist Michelle Lusby, who previously worked at Mulberry. Their work has seen the incorporation of fine silks and unexpected textures into the interior environment of Rolls-Royce Bespoke commissions.
In creating ‘Dawn – Inspired by Fashion’, the designers started with a white Dawn to add three vibrant colours that will set the tone for 2017’s Spring/Summer collection; Mugello Red, Cobalto Blue or Mandarin. Subtle accents of these colours adorn interior aspects of each Dawn, whilst the roof features a ‘brushstroke of colour’ as it rises. A choice of the three colours is also visible on opening the Dawn’s coachdoors. The Arctic White leather seats are accented through the embroidery of the headrests, as well as the stitching and piping. Seamless stitching, described as a ‘highly-complex craft technique’ is applied to the steering wheel to ensure a perfect line joins the two colours of leather around the rim.
The front and rear door pockets feature fine silks, adorned with an abstract representation of the Spirit of Ecstasy, with each emblem set precisely at 55 degrees to complement the lines of the door. Rolls-Royce’s craftsmanship and attention-to-detail continues through the dashboard, created in Piano White with aluminium particles resulting in a silk-like appearance - for which the lacquering process alone taking nine days.
A bespoke clock can also be found on the dash, set as a piece of jewellery, and styled exclusively to emit a silver on silver effect, it evokes the metallic fabrics 'seen on this year’s catwalks in preparation for next year’s season', according to the luxury carmaker.
The Dawn’s exterior colour scheme of Andalucian White is also enhanced with a hand-painted coachline which follows the curves of the car as the line flows backwards, reflecting the identical splash of colour visible when the soft-top roof is in place.