Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer collection took us Back to the Future.

Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière presented the brand’s SS19 collection earlier this week during Paris Fashion Show at the famous Louvre Museum, in the presence of Hollywood’s elite like Cate Blanchett, Alicia Vikander, Sophie Turner, Shailene Woodley, Spike Lee, Justin Theroux, Amandla Stenberg, and Shay Mitchell. The star-studded frow paid witness to Ghesquière’s 80s infused futuristic vision; a parade of intergalactic party dresses, streamlined workwear and Star Trek-esq thin metal hoop belts that infused spring with a SciFi flavor.

The prominent French house morphed many of its signature accessories into a series of space inspired shapes, like fly saucer crocodile pouches, and metallicized mini monogrammed briefcases, portfolio bags, and doctor bags to link back to the show’s overarching. Despite having an LV-branded launch pad, the runway showcased interpretations of fashion’s favourite decade: the 1980s.  The nostalgia was ever-present with bubble perms, sprinkle and brush stroke patterns, strong shoulders, jazzy lapels, and high-waisted trousers. It was like Saved by the Bell collided with Star Wars – a ferocious fusion of the past and the future amalgamating into a unified collection mirroring the mindset of the present.

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No matter how futuristic the show may have felt, the girls of LV pranced along the catwalk wearing lace-up boots. Forget the brand’s best-selling Archlight turbo trainers or sky-high United Nude boots: Louis Vuitton is bringing edgy back into our vocabulary. Every model on the runway walked past in pointed and patent ankle boots, lending the clothes a sense of practicality and functionality amidst the adventurous designs.

Through a misty, rain-blurred maze of tents through one of the world’s most notable museums, Ghesquière played with our perception. The feminine looks had colourful patterns and sweet florals, frilly sleeves and clean lines, but contrasted by stern looks and militant walks. This was complemented by the masculine looks, worn by girls who wanted to look like men, questioning our ideas of power and gender. Like much of what was seen over the month-long period of fashion shows, trends are pointing towards a new generation that doesn’t care too much about definitions.

“My idea was to be ambiguous because everyone thinks that when a woman dresses like a man, it’s giving her power,” he continued. “I think you can be very vulnerable when you wear a suit as a woman. It was very interesting to play with that ambiguity.”

It was an innovative, youthful promenade of complimenting contrasts, referencing archives and subverting expectations. It was a total departure from what was expected, but the iconic company couldn’t have closed off fashion’s four-city spectacle in a better way.

 

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