I’ve avoided the daily updates from what was formerly known as Fashion Week – I have now dubbed it Fashion Month – and I don’t care what the critics say. Let’s be honest here, you are going to sites like Fab Sugar, Vogue and Style.com to get your image updates because, well, they are bossy and stream the images directly from the shows to their sites. And let’s face it, Combustion isn’t quite there, yet! But, there is one show that I needed to cover, in my own words, on my own time, in my own chair, on my own computer. And that also happens to be the most eagerly anticipated show of the month long adventure, Louis Vuitton. Why you ask? Because Wednesday, at sunrise in Paris, the city of love, marked the end of Paris Fashion Week and the close of Fashion Month, and this was done single handedly, by the one and only Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton.
With a ravishing front row line up at the Cour Carrée of the Louvre, Nicolas Ghesquière made history with his debut collection for none other than Louis Vuitton. The former Balenciaga designer decided to return from his year and a half of MIF (missing in fashion) and what better fashion house to land in than Louis? Being the last show of this month long journey, the spot light was fully on Ghesquière and he had to deliver like never before. The crowd was on the edge of their collective seat wondering how Ghesquière was going to take all 15 years of his Balenciaga knowledge and experience and make a flawless transition to this epic fashion house that has just blossomed for the last 16 years under the creative watch of Marc Jacobs. But, after that first beat dropped and the metal shutters flew open, right there in front of hundreds of fashion mavens, Mr. Jacobs sat back and watched as Louis Vuitton set a new beat to the Nicolas Ghesquière drum.
And what did he show us? There were cropped sweaters and beautiful A-line skirts, suede and leather, floral and fur, belts and bags. Overall, it was reserved in the silhouettes department but, fireworks when it came to fabrics. He mixed suede with leather and tapestry floral prints, knit vests with black lamme leggings. He was, as we should have expected, true to the heritage of the House with designs that women will love to wear. LV is first and foremost an accessory brand and he hit a home run in that department as well. Go check it out for yourself, at Vogue.com, because I cannot even begin to describe the fabulousness to you.
Safe to say Nicolas Ghesquière is back in action!
Images thanks to Vogue.com!