Rolls-Royce has been on a—for lack of a better word—roll lately with its special edition models, with the latest out of Goodwood, the Wraith - Inspired by Fashion, perfectly expressing the virtues of the automaker’s Bespoke personalization division that churns out these creations. The Wraith - Inspired by Fashion, as its name suggests, was inspired by the world of Haute Couture, where the very finest materials are crafted into the most luxurious and desirable clothes money can buy.
In developing the car, the team at Rolls-Royce Bespoke honed the aesthetic theme, drawing inspiration from color palettes, materials and techniques used for modern high fashion. The design starts with a two-tone exterior color scheme of Andalucian White and Arctic White, with the Wraith’s signature shoulder-line accentuated with the addition of a hand-applied pinstripe in the buyer’s chosen highlight color.
A similar theme is carried inside. On opening the Wraith’s coach-doors, you’re greeted once again by Arctic White surfaces, this time contrasted by black for some elements. Seamless stitching, a complex craft technique from the world of fine tailoring, was used for the steering wheel, while other areas like the door pockets get a fine silk lining.
The attention-to-detail employed in the creation of any Rolls-Royce is evident in the wood trim found on the dash, with the lacquering process for the words “Wraith - Inspired by Fashion” alone taking nine days to complete. Finally, the fashion theme is completed with welting, a technique most commonly associated with tailoring, used for the silk strip running the length of the door.
Given the abundance of power in the standard Wraith, there’s no need to tinker about under the hood. That means the car still packs a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 with 624 horsepower. That will hustle the big coupe from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and to a governed top speed of 155 mph.
Interestingly, the Wraith is one of the most popular Rolls-Royces to personalize. Around 95 percent of its buyers, many new to the brand, opt to have some elements crafted by the Bespoke division.
The debut of the Rolls-Royce Wraith - Inspired by Fashion takes place later today at New York’s PRATT Institute, as part of the PRATT Presents Women of Influence in the Business of Style event.