Paris’ Centre Pompidou was recreated on a grand scale inside of The Louvre for Nicolas Ghesquière’s latest collection for Louis Vuitton. A stunning show-space of colourfrul pipes and tubes that mirrored the design of the iconic Brutalist architecture of the building, which became one of the city’s most popular destinations in the early eighties.
And this was perhaps what led Ghesquière to create the early eighties-inspired collection that he did. Looking as though they were fresh from a high-end vintage store, models reached the catwalk through an underground colourful blue tube as they walked to a soundtrack of new romantic brit pop.
The first models paraded the catwalk in mismatched prints, looks with exaggerated shoulders. In true Louis Vuitton-style this collection was a perfect bringing together of clashing colours and designs. Tweed paired with leopard print, sequin dresses juxtaposed with stripes and bold ruffles on soft watercolour print dresses.
Flashes of primary colours added life to a neutral colour palette and almost all looks were belted tightly at the waist. Boiler suits, masculine coats, eighties-style jackets and high-waisted trousers all had a futuristic twist.
Accessories came in the form of colourful ankle boots and small caps almost resembling the hard hats that would have been worn during the construction of the original building.
The make-up look was striking, with bold red lipstick that bled over the lip line, while hair was worn in an exaggerated side parting. A truly memorable way to close this season’s shows.
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