Oct 16, 2018 | By Nigel Taylor
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Oct 04, 2017
Paris: Nicolas Ghesquiere presented his Louis Vuitton collection within the Louvre’s Pavillon de l’Horloge, setting a precedent with a lineup that combined history and modernity within a spellbinding atmosphere. The history – in ornately embroidered jacquard redingotes and doublets and the sport – silk shorts paired with the new sneakers from Vuitton. Elsewhere, Victorian-inspired sparkling sequined floor-length gowns, complete with sculpted leather ‘breastplates’ tapped into the medieval spirit that eschewed from the surroundings. Narrow slim pants, akin to shiny armour, came in patent leather with modern day snaps for closures in side seams while the full sleeved blouses added to the romantic appeal. Ghesquiere commented: “It’s about how some pieces are considered costume, and it was interesting to explore a way of incorporating them again in a wardrobe that I love. Let’s call it ‘anachronism with a hint of romanticism’.” It was so romantic; the splendour of the high collared jackets along with the athleticism of the striped dresses, tops and the tee shirt from Stranger Things made for outfits fit for a modern-day princess! Artistry and handcrafting were second to none underscored with an articulate narrative that is perfect for today’s mode of dress. The juxtaposition of the past and present renders this collection firmly in the future. – Lizzy Bowring
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