Paris Fashion Week: Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 15
All that shimmers
Louis Vuitton's silver leather envelope invitations set the tone for a shiny show today. The presentation was held on the Fondation Louis Vuitton grounds, in specially-created silvery reflective glass domes, which once inside created a rabbit warren of space, with connecting tunnels that opened up into large domes. The structures sat perfectly next to the modern mirrored structure designed by Frank Gehry. Presumably the intention was to create a space flooded with natural light, so that it could reflect and shine off the shimmering fabrics of the Autumn/Winter 15 collection, and even if it wasn't that was the wonderful result.
As Nicolas Ghesquière's creations navigated through the interconnecting domes the focus on reflection was unavoidable. Fabric lead the charge with metallic weaves bearing down the heaver and warmer jackets and skirts, whilst elsewhere pearlescent white sequins glistened on a top. A highlight here was a mixed metallic mini dress with long sleeves bearing an almost marbled metallic print in predominately silver tones with a recurrent gold pulse through it, like a heartbeat monitor. There was also a suit created entirely of high shine silver.
In amongst the collection were some more grounded leather pieces, a classic leather jean with a wide ankle opening in both black and blood red. Mini skirts also got the leather treatment as well as a jagged edged white crochet lace. Rounded and puffed shapes in the sweaters and jackets formed shoulders.
Accessories were a key part of the presentation; the Louis Vuitton trunk bag received reflective silver covering this season, in keeping with the theme, and was very much a centrepiece. Pointed ankle boots were the footwear of choice, polished and sensible. The big draw was the shimmery snow white coats and jackets, one in stadium length and some others that crept progressively up the body, the ultimate luxe warm wrap up but perilously challenging to keep pristine.