It’s hard to impress the fashion industry, particularly after a month’s worth of fashion shows, and especially after Chanel launched a rocket ship at its fall show.
Still, Nicolas Ghesquière and Louis Vuitton were able to pull it off. How? Let’s break it down…
How Vuitton and Ghesquière got the clearance to stage a runway show in the actual pyramide of the Louvre, I will never know, but it seems very bureaucratic, complicated and expensive. To see the models walk in Ghesquière’s thoroughly modern (ok, with a tinge of ’60s and ’70s) clothing for Vuitton against the backdrop of centuries-old marble sculpture was quite a contrast to behold.
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The front row:
Ghesquière’s usual crew of Vuitton muses were there: Jennifer Connelly, Jaden Smith, Sasha Lane, Riley Keough, Michelle Williams, Adele Exarchopoulos, Lea Seydoux, Catherine Deneuve, Rila Fukushima and Justin Theroux.
This season seemed to mark a return to some of those highly salable ’60s inspired separates that were hits from Ghesquière’s first collection for Vuitton—with some new twists of course.
Pointy-collared knit tops:
Easy a-line skirts worn with sweaters or fur chubbies:
And flimsy slip dresses that can be dressed up or down:
Frank Ocean’s “Pyramids” has, of course, nothing to do with the famous glass I.M. Pei-designed pyramid that served as the set for the Vuitton show (and it has little to do with pyramids at all). But it seemed Ghesquière couldn’t resist the on-the-nose-ness of it all, and playing the brilliantly urgent music of Frank Ocean amid the centuries-old statues of the Louvre was a genius contrast.