Space age: Louis Vuitton goes intergalactic for S/S ’16
Yesterday, Nicolas Ghesquière gave us a glimpse into the future via Louis Vuitton. And if the collection is anything to go by, the future looks bright
It's been just 18 months since Nicolas Ghesquière stepped back into the spotlight after his much fêted turn at Balenciaga. His first outing for Louis Vuitton (for A/W '14) may have heavily referenced the '60s, but its execution was purely futuristic. Yesterday morning, the creative director dived headfirst into the tech age, with a collection that went all-out spage age - most likely impressing an entire generation of computer geeks and sci-fi fans in the process. (You watch the live stream here).
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Opening with a short video of a man wearing a virtual reality headset, two huge double screens slid open to reveal bubble-gum haired Aussie model Fernanda Ly clad in a pink biker jacket, wrap skirt and flatforms - a look which set the tone for the tough-sci-fi-meets-bohemian-pretty collection. While the runway was awash with tactile looks like leather, mesh and embellishment, every exposed shoulder, patchwork fabrication and choice of print felt considered and deliberate.
In a nod to Louis Vuitton's heritage, the famous monogram was replicated in colour on several jackets, waistcoats and coats - a subtle, but never OTT brand statement. While flashes of shoulders and midriffs were a sensual touch, the mood was powerful, but hardly in-your-face sexy. And with looks ranging from printed jumpsuits and beautiful beaded dresses to the lit-from-within space age minidresses that closed the show - Ghesquière found a way to reference to the digital world we're living in without reverting to tired intergalactic tropes. Considering that Louis Vuitton's heritage is firmly entrenched in travel, a show that acknowledges how technology offers us limitless capacity for exploration felt like a pitch perfect direction for Louis Vuitton in 2015 after all.
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