Hundreds of us descended this morning, in torrential downpour no less, upon the Fondation Louis Vuitton amidst heavy traffic and yet another strike in Paris. At this point in the Fashion Month calendar, the entire industry is feeling exhausted, and today’s literal trek to the Louis Vuitton show, in a rare rainstorm with umbrellas practically flying away from us, could have tested our spirits. But we were running towards the penultimate show of Paris Fashion Week, the show with which Nicolas Ghesquière has, for the past five seasons, managed to completely thrill us, despite it being the very last day of Fashion Month.
There was a sportif undercurrent to everything that showed — it is, after all, what Ghesquière does best.
Inside, a futuristic forest awaited us, as cracked mirrors formed the shape of abandoned tree trunks. It set the tone for what was to be the introduction of Ghesquière’s new silhouette, the exaggerated hip, and his new inverse-V motif. There was a sportif undercurrent to everything that showed (it is, after all, what Ghesquière does best), with references to both race-car driving and sailing — perhaps a nod to the recent America’s Cup in Oman that Louis Vuitton just sponsored — as well as geometric shapes and color blocking (yes, that again) that amplified the sporty theme. Scarf dressing also played prominently throughout the collection; there were looks made entirely out of scarves, and elsewhere scarves were wrapped cleverly around the handles of several handbags.
The classic LV monogram made another big comeback on some key bag styles, which are almost certainly going to be a retail cash-cow for the Middle East and testament to the fact that the brand is still a major draw for our market when it comes to accessories.
And as for those lug-sole booties that showed on the runway? Well, they would have been perfect to wear as we walked out of the show, as the downpour continued, and as we fêted a sixth consecutive win for Ghesquière at Vuitton.