The jet-set life is back, baby.
Entombed in orange fabric, made by Production Designer James Chinlund to resemble the interior of a hot air balloon, guests of the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2024 show were delivered into the realm of travel. Although few of us travel by air balloon anymore (except maybe recreationally), the idea of heading somewhere new is familiar and enticing. What does one pack? What does one collect along the way? Travel-themed collections are hardly a new fashion frontier, but the idea of embarking into the great unknown is a boon to a designer like Nicolas Ghesquière and a travel-oriented brand like Louis Vuitton.
So, what’s the Louis Vuitton woman packing for her Spring/Summer 2024 travels? Not anything that will have her blending in with the tourists, that’s for sure. She is a confident individualist, a bit of a magpie, an aesthete, and a collector. This meant retro codes inform some of her personal style, as in the case of bombers with ballooning sleeves, high-waisted pantaloons, and peplum silhouettes. The most effective looks early in the show were the gorgeously breezy striped mousseline tops and long skirts. They felt like they were from another time, and yet, (paradoxically) thoroughly modern. The long skirts also paired beautifully with corseted tops. Thick double-breasted outerwear with rolled trim looked better when done in leather than in satin, but other outerwear propositions – like glossy biker jackets and striped court coats – were all fabulous.
Accessories also hinted at the travel theme. There were camera bags worn around the neck, others stamped with stickers from hotels, trim totes, and box bags that could easily double as makeup cases. Meanwhile, glovelike shoes were given low, walkable heels. Wherever the Louis Vuitton woman is headed next year, she’s sure to be the center of attention.
Travel-themed collections are hardly a NEW fashion frontier, but the IDEA of embarking into the great unknown is a boon to a designer like Nicolas Ghesquière and a travel-oriented brand like Louis Vuitton.