Louis Vuitton, one of the most ancient brands in the fashion world, the history of which traces back to the early 1854 and which has survived three centuries in a row, seems to imitate Benjamin Button, living its life back to front, annually growing younger and younger. Actually, in recent years the credit for the brand’s fresh and breezy atmosphere goes largely to one of the most talented and ingenious fashion designers of this generation, Nicolas Ghesquiere, who has gained great respect thanks to his experimental soul and his innate avant-garde style. Today in the morning he once again sincerely opened the door of his warm soul to large masses at the Fondation Louis Vuitton presenting the futuristic and digital Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2016 collection, which was evidently worth the finale day of Paris Fashion Week spring 2016.
The digital design of the runway with video screens took us to a place where everything was made of blocks; there was an obvious reference to the popular video game Minecraft but accompanied by an impressive psychological session that was stating to build your own life yourself since your only limit was your imagination, day and night, shine and rain. Those were definitely the very thoughts that had led Nicolas Ghesquiere to build his own castle at Louis Vuitton atelier and transmit to us his utmost fortitude and moral strength by means of his rough and vigorous pieces.
The models were being forwarded down the runway as if realistic warriors, who were relying on their heavy and strong ensembles against the cruel enemies. The leather and heavy chains were predominating in the collection being the best materials to use as a symbol of power and energy. Evidently there were some androgynous elements embracing the entire Louis Vuitton spring 2016 collection, but Ghesquiere, however, had not ignored that he was dealing with fragile and tender ladies. That is why next to some roughly-tailored leather jackets and vests there were also loose-fitting ankle-skimming frocks showcased, decorated with beads in the form of some leaves, branches and flowers.
The show opened a pink leather biker jacket with a black rough belt at the bottom, which was paired with a black studded skirt. The festival of leather jackets and vests with various designs among them the most impressive being cutting-edge Louis Vuitton monogrammed ones continued till the end of the show. There were also happening some leather trenches that could easily turn into cool front-zip mini dresses.
The designer’s favorite Liya Kebede was looking breathtaking with a zip close colorblock leather jacket, one sleeve of which was featuring Louis Vuitton popular monogram, the second one – red-white pinstripes, the black top part being effectively matched with electric blue bottom. We hadn’t yet enjoyed those large fan style crop tops combined with leather shorts when the designer revealed his experimental soul on a range of surf trousers and pantsuits, some of which were carrying astronomical images. But those were patchwork trousers of silver-black-blue-yellow or grey-black-green-blue colorblocks with zip-front design at the bottoms that provoked us to daydream about the warm seasons.
All-white pout skirts and white shirts decorated with frills at the sleeves and at the neck were fetching some poetic vibes into the collection. Mesh tops having side slits, crescent design at the chest and fringes at the hems seemed to serve as armor for fragile women while a couple of beaded mini dresses with wrinkled bottoms were mimicking realistic mirrors that were to reflect any act of courage.
The king of suitcases and handbags was certainly expected to bring forth brand new samples. Drawstring backpacks with tassels swinging at one side, chain-handled totes sometimes with rumpled surface as well as micro-sized trunks are claiming to become the ideal nests for our personal things. And what should our tender feet expect from Louis Vuitton this spring to come? Creeper sandals styled with heavy chains and androgynous shoes with exposed white stitches are to hotfoot the city streets when the sun starts spreading its warm rays.
This is wonderful life, this is your life, so band those Louise Vuitton leather straps around your hands and struggle, struggle till the end!
Photos courtesy of Vogue