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Louis Vuitton S/S 2013

Louis Vuitton S/S 2013

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Paris: One always looks forward to Marc Jacobs’ Louis Vuitton collection, not only because it signals that the grueling fashion marathon has finally come to an end, but also because he puts on such a great show. This season, artist Daniel Buren created the elaborate set, four towering escalators and a slick yellow-and-white checked runway. Buren’s installation at the Palais Royal, called Les Deux Plateaux, which featured columns in three heights, inspired the three specific hemline lengths in the show. Models walked the runway in sisterly pairs, their sixties-inspired bouffants matching in tone. Clothing from the decade was also referenced with A-line dresses and narrow-shouldered coats. Where stripes were the key print at Jacobs’ eponymous collection, checks were the story here, echoing the bright pattern of the flooring. The looks began all to look the same after a while, but that was the point. Jacobs’ singular vision and brilliant execution made this show a fitting end for an inspiring fashion month. –Joanna Manganaro

Silhouette: A-line / Columnar

Color: Bright yellow / Optic white / Black / Tan / Chartreuse / Dove grey / Cinnamon / Chocolate / Kelly green / Mid-tone grey / Pale yellow

Key Items: Narrow-shouldered coats / A-line dresses / Floor-length dresses / Midi pencil skirts / Fitted blazers

Materials: Spongy suitings / Bonded silks / Shiny charmeuse / Textural check-patterned wovens / Organza / Heavy check-patterned lace / Ultra-fine-gauge knits

Print + Pattern: Checks of all sizes / Grids / Placed florals

Details + Trim: Tiny sequins / Fabric appliqués / Clear buttons / Patch pockets

Accessories + Footwear: Bow headbands / Flower brooches / Ladylike structured bags / Doctor bags / Envelope clutches / Pointy-toe pumps

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