By Julia Le
As Louis Vuitton enthusiasts collected in the courtyard of the Louvre, like every other year, they knew this time was different. The show was stripped of the grand spectacle often displayed by the beloved Marc Jacobs. Instead, models crisscrossed through a minimalist white path divided into square sections, which made up the runway. A sense of change illuminated the Louis Vuitton show.
As Louis Vuitton bid its final farewell to the transformative age under Marc Jacobs, the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 show welcomed Nicolas Ghesquière, the brand’s new creative director from Balenciaga. Ghesquière, who says he draws his inspiration from his childhood in the 70’s and Louis Vuitton’s heritage of leather goods, created the promise of a new era.
Although Louis Vuitton’s focus has always been on handbags, all eyes were on the clothes in this show. The collection featured sky blue, brown and orange tones color-blocked into sophisticated cuts. Paired with the warm color palette, the collection consisted of geometric shapes: large collars, boxy purses, stiff A-line skirts and thin, dangling earrings. The high-waisted skirts, high “M” slits and spiral skirts were absolutely stunning in the show as well.
Texture was also a key component for Ghesquière’s opening collection. The creative director tied in both Louis Vuitton’s legacy of using leather – and waxy and patent finishes – with other luxurious fabrics, such as Shetland wool, crocodile and printed moleskin for the show.
Ghesquière’s opening collection presented impeccable designs for Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2014-2015 season, and presented great hope and an exciting change for the brand’s future. As Ghesquière stated upon his appointment, “Louis Vuitton has always incarnated for me the symbol of ultimate luxury, innovation and exploration…. We share common values and a vision.”