A sleek silhouette. Luxurious fabrics. Peekaboo cuts, asymmetries. In the shell of the house’s new store on Place Vendôme, which is due to open next year, Nicolas Ghesquière captured, in Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2017 collection, the essence of Paris. More exactly, the question of territory: Right Bank vs Left Bank, each has its own sartorial particularities and creative sensibilities. It’s about showcasing the fashionable atmosphere of Paris, a capital at the convergence of all fashions, a magnificent vortex that absorbs all the artistic ideals from around the world.
Checked tailored blazers – long and oversized as is the new trend – featured experimental shoulder contouring and sometimes, half sleeves, worn over second-skin, high-shine bodies or bustiers.
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“I love streetwear,” Ghesquière explained backstage, “and certainly many of our clients are coming to Vuitton for luxury sportswear, but people are looking also for more refinement. I wanted to look at these contrasts at Louis Vuitton, and this collection was about finding my position there. It’s a quieter collection, more Parisian, more sophisticated … more French.”
In the show space, an architectural salvage of raw concrete, exposed piping and half-finished stairwells, the catwalk was populated with classical suits, deconstructed and reinvented in some fresh shapes, with peekaboo cuts on the waits or shoulders and glamour silk dresses with crystals.
Make up: Pat Mc Grath. Hair: Paul Hanlon. Music: Michel Berger- ‘Rive droite, Rive gauche’ movie soundtrack. Headman- ‘Beloved’ (Daniel Avery’s ‘Divided Love’ Remix). Photographer: Giovanni Giannoni
Photography: (C) courtesy of Louis Vuitton