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Before witnessing the rhythmic succession of models down the catwalk, the audience experiences an atmosphere created by a ballet of sounds and lights dancing together in a man-made fantasy. The decor is the first element bestowed upon the guests to prepare the imagination and stimulate an excitement for the collection soon to be discovered. For Louis Vuitton’s Fall-Winter 2017 ready-to-wear collection, the guests were certainly pleased to enter the Musée du Louvre, empty of it’s usual visitors. The Louvre invited the French fashion house to present its latest collection in the heart of the museum, the Cour Marly, among sculptures of the XVII and XVIII centuries.
Louis Vuitton’s roots are deeply ingrained in travel, and this heritage is still not forgotten today. We may remember the outstanding Louis Vuitton exhibition held in Paris and Tokyo last year, “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez,” and Nicolas Ghesquière has again turned to travel to inspire the Fall-Winter collection. Indeed, there was no better way to illustrate this vision than to occupy the world’s most-visited museum, described by Louis Vuitton as “an imposing symbol of a borderless space where culture invites everyone to embark on a journey.”
And what a journey it was! Louis Vuitton’s classical leather and a denim-like wool were both given a patina to appear shimmering with age. Silhouettes wavered between structure– in sharp-shouldered jackets, bold capes, belted waists, square-toed boots, and pointed leather bags– and reverie– with warm turtleneck sweaters, furry skirts, and soft leggings. The unmistakable styling of the show tested limits. Colorful sweaters were worn under office-ready, white shirts. Silk and lace nighties were worn as dresses. Several patchwork fabrics also hit the runway, from a fur coat with leather pocket flaps to a leather jacket with a high tech fabric patch. Ghesquière gave form to a borders-free world in a truly globalized environment, softening the line between masculine and feminine, rural and urban, daytime and nighttime– clothing, classic and new.
WRITTEN BY LOUISE GUILLOT
EDITED BY HOLLIS DE LANEY
PHOTO CREDIT: LOUIS VUITTON