Louis Vuitton Was More Than Just Brocade Jackets And “Stranger Things”
Nicolas Ghesquiere's signature futurism gets a blast from the distant past. See every one of our favourite looks from the #SS18 collection.| October 9, 2017
Nicolas Ghesquiere’s penchant for futurism is well known. Instead of staying in that imagined, distant future, Ghesquiere chose to switch gears for Louis Vuitton’s upcoming spring season, opting to look at the distant past instead. The theme was a fitting choice considering the show location for the evening: the medieval wing of the Louvre that dates back 800 years, authentic stone walls included.
Ghesquiere didn’t go as far back as the medieval moat that surrounded his guests. He had the 18th Century aristocratic French court and the costumes that they wore in mind. Billowy blouses with ruffled collars and fluted cuffs – a 21st Century alternative to what Louis XVI and his courtiers wore in their heyday – were tucked under sleek leather coats, patent corsets and elaborate metallic vests. Streamlined dresses that balloon at the hip recall Marie Antoinette’s notoriously wide gowns. Brocade jackets of varying colours and lengths, fit for blue bloods then and now, were the stars of the show.
Still, this is Louis Vuitton. Nothing about these looks were dated. The very same brocade jackets were paired with silk running shorts and patent pants that revealed denim details on closer inspection. The ruffled poet shirts were tucked into skinny pants that opened into ruffle-trimmed slits. Floral dresses that sway with every step are a shoo-in with Vuitton’s feminine clientele and red carpet regulars alike. (Emma Stone already has first dibs on the white dress.) Finally, hardcore sneakers that come with their own jetpacks – we’re kidding, but they look like they should – finished most of the looks.
More than just a reimagining of the past, the collection is a clever blend of past and future with a flavour that is distinctly Ghesquiere’s Vuitton. It is for the now and beyond, whether or not there was a Stranger Things t-shirt to remind us of that fact.
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