The scientific community experienced a breakthrough this summer when physicists discovered the presence of sub-atomic particles that could travel faster than the speed of light. At the quantum level, it appears that time travel is possible, and speculation continues as to the application of time travel on the physical plane. We’re a long way from a Star Trek future, but for those who are impatient for such eventualities there’s always the Louis Vuitton collection for Spring/Summer 2015.
This season, Nicolas Ghesquière set out to create a wardrobe for women who want to “explore any part of the universe without moving”. In essence, the brand’s travel-oriented approach took on a sci-fi sheen, with looks culled from past decades as Ghesquière hopped back in time to cherry pick the best stylistic details from the 60s and 70s. The mod A-line made a comeback, this time in a variety of leggy crocheted and sequined versions, while flared trousers and breezy culottes made their way to the present from the halcyon days of the glamorous 70s. The designer used tactile enhancements to modernize his designs, showing complicated knits, glossy shellacked leathers, and a witty print depicting salt and pepper shakers, blowdryers, cars, nail polish, and other familiar items.
Although Ghesquière’s mode of communication relied on routine wardrobe staples, his treatment of the fabrics, tailoring, and embellishment was anything but colloquial. Look closely and you’ll see how a bulky topper embroidered with wallpaper florals met its counterpart in slim trousers accented with curious leather knee pads, while a dusty-blue, long-sleeved mini dress was finished with oblique technical knitting. These are cutting-edge ideas backed by a simple thesis. It is a laborious undertaking to transform the familiar into the new, and Ghesquière accomplished more than that for Spring/Summer 2015. His work is timeless in the sense that it dovetails with the past and the present, leading us to a future overflowing with wearable wardrobe items that err on the side of the divine.
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