Louis Vuitton brought fashion month to a close as it presented its SS19 collection in the most spectacular of show venues. Models and the audience were encased inside a glass passageway that was custom-built above the water outside the iconic Louvre Museum in Paris. Inside, the catwalk was mirrored and light reflected back and forth through the space to create a futuristic effect.
And it was futuristic that was the basis of Nicolas Ghesquière’s designs. As models paraded the runway it almost looked as though they had been beamed in from another dimension. Nicolas played with graphics and volumes to create a signature silhouette that was uniform for each of the looks. Exaggerated sleeves, wide shoulders and a silhouette that ends just above the knee with the exception of a few pairs of trousers – the latter of which was skinny cut and androgynous.
The prints were graphic and colourful; inspired by the worlds of virtual reality, yet had a sense of the eighties at the same time. Fabrics were moderns with mesh, mirroring, neoprene sleeves, and moulded rubber. Dresses were sculptured in a way that represented space suits and hemlines and edges were sharp and moulded.
Of course, as with any Louis Vuitton show, the accessories were a talking point. Shoes came in the form of leather lace up boots or Chelsea boots. Juxtaposing against the futuristic style these boots felt vintage and retro. And then of course there was the bags. The Monogram bag featured in classic brown tones but took on new shapes including a round version and large box shape. Other bags resembled space gadgets or boxes and were worn across the body, while others were carried under the arms of models.
This new futuristic muse explores Ghesquière’s passion for virtual reality – will this be the uniform style for the next few seasons?