Windswept seascapes, earthy desert destinations – oasis dreams that float and fade like a mirage. With the sun blazing high overhead, Rabanne’s signature craft gives off its own radiant glow. From shimmering jersey to golden metal mesh and glinting, beaded denim, the 2024 Beach collection interprets Mediterranean sensuality with day-to-night ease. Emphasising both light and lightness, these looks re-explore eternal femininity through skin-bearing silhouettes and alluring details.

As temperatures climb, styles adapt. There are superposed or off-the-shoulder tops and dresses that skim the body, breathable knits that bring comfort, and nuisettes that feel cool against the skin – all given a Rabanne touch, whether undulating eyelets, patterns of metal balls or clusters of fine embroidery. Design elements from the past emerge with freshness. Fabrications are textural and intriguing: simplicity terry with sexy side-lacing, crinkled fabrics with delicate embellishments, openwork across the flowing knits. Contoured shapes are contrasted with fluid expressions – ruched jersey skirts and tops, loosely draped dresses, and swaying fringes that draw the eye downward. Bleached, sandy tones are emphasized with vivid bursts of orange, orchid and yellow. Bronze and gold assemblage or a lattice of chainwork studded with coloured stones are worn casually – over a swimsuit or with a pierced tank.

Accessories capture a beach-inspired duality of natural and metallic materials; pastilles converge with sprays of gradient orange raffia or are embedded in woven straw bags, while the coloured stones reappear on the iconic 1969. Accumulations of coiling jewellery, body chains, belts and medallions boasting esoteric charms, and golden woven head coverings are layered onto the looks, reaffirming the season’s lavish, eclectic attitude.