Louis Vuitton‘s pre-fall 2016 collection is futuristic, sporty, and sexy, which is just the way creative director Nicolas Ghesquière likes to keep things. He decided to use some of the best pieces from past collections that have actually come to be staples in the LV customer’s wardrobe, and all work to keep her feeling young and modern. When it comes to this, Ghesquière knows best, and when women wear his looks in the street it shows.
Color-blocked motocross pants don’t quite seem, in theory, that they should be a staple piece in a woman’s wardrobe, yet after Ghesquière put his signature on them, it seems they’d look good on anyone. It also wouldn’t be likely they would be so versatile, yet according to Louis Vuitton, they can be worn with anything from simple to elegant tops. Then again, there were many pieces that could fit right alongside the motocross theme in this line, and they needed to be paired with something to keep things fresh – but now that the pairing has been seen, it’ll be all over the streets to show who’s who when it comes to fashion followers.
You could also find looks like a zip-fronted minidress, which Ghesquière popularized back in fall 2014, that exuded fun youth, while still keeping things modern and progressive. Tossing back references to popular past trends from the label like this is a great thing for brand recognition. Seeing the zippered dress or the color-blocked pants on someone walking down the street just shows who has been shopping LV lately.
The apparel was extremely fashion-forward, but the accessories were exceptional on their own. The handbags were the most versatile part of the Louis Vuitton pre-fall 2016 line, as they didn’t have the same quirk or blatant futuristic vibe the apparel did. Bags big and small will likely make a huge splash when they hit the market, as many of them were much more sophisticated than the clothing in the collection.
Belts were used to alter the silhouettes of the garments, but the most striking and interesting accessory photographed with the looks was black gloves. They made everything on the models instantly more punky, and also more sexualized, in a dominatrix-esque way. There were so many different directions Ghesquière was trying to take the collection in, and the result was an eclecticism that also hints to steampunk.
Even the accompanying video, directed by Karim Sadli, displayed the steampunk futurism, as it was set in a cavernous, industrial room with sci-fi flashing lights at sporadic intervals. The upbeat, electronic music in the background later shifted into an electric guitar interlude, which was offset by the eerie way the models stared straight into the camera and later their fluid movements as they clapped or danced to the guitar.
Photos courtesy of Vogue