It’s the last day of Paris Fashion Week fall 2016 and, while everyone is already tying up the loose ends trying to understand what fashion will be all about next fall, some of the biggest brands are still frantically showcasing their collections. Almost bicentenary Louis Vuitton is among those brands that are waving the Paris Fashion Week goodbye with their catwalks, just unveiling its fall/winter 2016-17 ready-to-wear collection at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Nicolas Ghesquière’s next season collection was showcased on a specifically blue-toned space set at the Bois de Boulogne Park in Paris, which helped evoke some cool autumnal/wintery feels indeed.
Like Chanel’s front row yesterday, Louis Vuitton’s was also filled with influential personalities, such as Alicia Vikander, Selena Gomez, Léa Seydoux and Catherine Deneuve, among which Willy Smith’s son Jaden Smith surely stood out of the crowd (like his sister Willow, who has now officially become Chanel’s brand ambassador). Genderless fashion enthusiast Jaden Smith has been breaking the boundaries of fashion for a while now, and since earlier last year he has found in Louis Vuitton a great source of inspiration for experimenting with clothes.
And experimenting through fashion surely is one of Louis Vuitton’s and Ghesquière’s forte, as the French Maison has always embodied the symbol of ultimate innovation. For the Louis Vuitton fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection athleisure-inspired pieces got gracefully combined with graphic patterns and terrific tailoring skills, making it possible for the models’ bodies to be almost geometrically shaped.
Visible hems and prints resembling corsets and bras were the collection’s key details, taking the whole ‘inside-out’ trend to a brand new level. To reinforce the inside-out concept Ghesquière had fun playing with color-blocking motifs as well, among which red, green and blue colors were particularly celebrated. Such choice gave the overall collection a sort of superheroine vibes, as most of the proposals looked liked modern wearable versions of Marvel Comics’ costumes. On the other hand, the athleisure vibes got translated to t-shirt dresses, simple t-shirts with colored geometrical patterns, yoga pants in edgy leather and even a quirky hybrid that combined varsity jackets and mid-calf vests together.
As for the silhouettes, Ghesquière particularly enjoyed accentuating the hourglass figures, adorning most of his proposals with rounded dark-toned patches of fabrics at the waists. Peplum figures are of course to be contemplated here as well, as they became the sole protagonists once the show was drawing to a close. Other interesting figures included asymmetrical necklines, asymmetrical double-breasted zip-front jackets, asymmetrical frilled hems for almost any mermaid dress and, overall, anything asymmetrical in general. He then played with contrasts by alternating all these asymmetrical sharp-cut proposals with more relaxed nerdy sweaters and elegant mannish coats.
In the perfect Louis Vuitton tradition, Ghesquière took the time to add haute couture touches here and there, to be specifically seen in the exaggerated hats, fur and intricate glittery embellishments and, of course, in the accessory line, with the handbags and sporty shoes being just the icing on the cake. The collection’s finale paid homage to Maison Margiela’s iconic trompe l’oeil sequined frocks, which also gave the collection some vivid Nineties vibes. Thanks to Louis Vuitton, the upcoming fall season won’t be boring for sure!
Photos courtesy of Vogue