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Louis Vuitton 2019 RTW 19- Fall-winter 2019 Runway Show
Tuesday March 5th 2019, Cour Carrée du Louvre, Paris.
Mixing is a term often applied to music and dj’s but at this show it truly applied to both the amazing soundtrack and the collection.
The vast space filling the Cour Carre du Louvre was a reproduction of the Centre Pompidou designed by Richard Rogers and the two Italians, Renzo Piano and Gianfranco Franchini, which finally opened to the public in 1977, the year much of this collection would have looked at home in but which for many is now sadly forty two years ago!
So not so much retro as “historical” in its references perhaps? I spotted so many references it was like a wonderful dish served up when every mouthful reveals a different taste. A dash of Jean-Paul Gaultier every so often, including a lot of 70’s and 80’s, hits like the sharply tailored double breasted jacket with contrast sleeves and the model who looked exactly like Farida Khelfa, even to the hair style, when she strode the runway for Monsieur JPG.
A fair bit of Claude Montana, both in the use of leather and the stiff shoulder extensions, plus the headgear, and Madonna and Desperately Seeking Susan and the ra ra skirt; seen earlier at Miu Miu, were definitely glimpsed during the show, alongside I swear a perm! The collection favoured shirt, and a waist and braid shoulders but otherwise was diverse in colour and fabric, item and look.
It was amazing fun, and shown at a great tempo as the Michel Gaubert soundtrack tickled our ears with long forgotten club nights, and music once listened to on a Walkman.
If for some in the audience the word “nostalgia” flickered across their brains, they should be ashamed; to the clients and the Louis Vuitton team, this will be new, uptempo, easy to wear and beautifully made in tip top quality fabrics. The idea of so much of it being pieces, assembled rather than overstyled, reflected the reason designer, Nicholas Ghesquiere, chose the Beaubourg; as the Centre Pompidou is familiarly known, was the street fashion. The crowds from many countries and cultures strolling past in a broad range of fashion and clothing, as visitors to the city of Paris and its monuments. Real clothes on real people, inspiring a collection of real clothes; now that’s novel.
Of course the Louis Vuitton bags are important to the brand but what made this collection so clever was that by the very ease and pace of the show, they didn’t scream out at the viewer, but were integral to the whole seasons statement, less than half the looks carried a handbag.
The key trend with the bags seemed to be small and neat, lots of clutches and slim envelope, or document case, inspired looks, overall urban was key. Fashion reflects the world around us in some ways, in uncertain times we do not need difficult fashion, or over intellectual statements from designers.
To close Paris fashion week one of the worlds super brands and it’s designer left our toes tapping, a smile on our faces and plenty of pieces to make us open up our wallets.
Tell me what’s wrong with that?
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