“Today [the Louis Vuitton woman] stayed in Paris,” creative director Nicolas Ghesquière says of Louis Vuitton’s spring-summer 2017 collections. “She’s very French - the essence of Paris.”
The show, which took place at 2 Place Vendome-where a Louis Vuitton flagship store will soon open - restoration started after the fashion show, inspired the collection - cue the t-shirts printed with colourful heads of the 18th century fauns decorating the façade of the building.
A series of asymmetrical-cut, shin-length jersey dresses in earthy tones opened proceedings - the fluidity is contained with strap closures at the lower weight. The silhouette is rendered in plain hues and lavishly embellished prints and patterns. Ghesquière suggests pairing with pointy two-tone boots for a sophisticated look, saying: “It’s really the big contrast of Louis Vuitton between the luxurious sports clothes and the sophisticated clothes and embellishments.”
Ghesquière sent models down the runway in tailored jacket-and-skirt ensembles, the skirts were slashed and reconstructed for a whiff of Parisian cool.
It was surprising to see a handful of evening options of lavishly embellished, floor-gazing gowns that were absent from previous runway shows.
“It’s something that’s there already,” Ghesquière says. “This time I have this idea to [reveal] that vision of Louis Vuitton. There are a lot of embellishments, a lot of femininity and fluidity but there’s also the strength.”
After four years at the creative helm, it’s encouraging to see Ghesquière reveal more of his version of the sophisticated, globe-trotting Vuitton women which will likely resonate with those sheer gowns dotted with delicate metallic embellishments as well as the tailored looks. Alicia Vikander, Michelle Williams, Léa Seydoux, Fan Bingbing and Hong Kong’s Janice Man were among those gracing the front rows.