by Evelina Mavrides
At the closing of Paris Fashion Week, Louis Vuitton show took place at the future home of the brand’s Place Vendôme flagship. And since we are talking for a genious of his kind like Nicolas Ghesquière, the creative director of the House brought his collection Home literally & metaphorically. The creative wave of his bold new Louis Vuitton collection is different than any other, and it vastly includes experimentation with the old & the new and trying to shape out his very own identity inside the House, “I realize that I didn’t explore that much yet the sophistication and the more dressed-up part of Louis Vuitton,” he said after the show. The sophistication he refers to translates first and foremost in the type of clothing he has yet to explore – tailoring. Ghesquière’s are not suits for office drones, with slices removed from the shoulders and capeleted open backs, they negotiated the territory between practicality and experimentation. The collection included sweatshirts, a logo tee or two, and skinny lace pants with matching pelmet skirts; they’ll be the kinds of things cosmopolitan fashion types will be seen in next season at the shows.
One of the tiniest but biggest details that have me on preorder status is the following; The press notes mentioned a fact little known even among Parisians that, before the Place Vendôme was known by its current name, it was called Place des Conquêtes. As conquests go, this show had an indisputable one in the form of its Petite Malle phone cases. As the models walked by with them gripped in their hands, all the wannabe It bags we’ve seen over the last month of shows suddenly felt a little passé. Look around, a woman can make do without a purse, but not without her cellphone. Is this the this newest iteration of the tiny It bag is a one-off for Ghesquière, or a piece that will be shoppable come Spring 2017? I’ll keep you updated.
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