These boots were made for walking (the Space Station).
With all the drama and conflama at Louis Vuitton happening in menswear; Kim Jones fleeing to Dior and Virgil Abloh snapping up the helm, a first for a traditional, luxury fashion brand, Nicholas Ghesquière must be feeling the pressure. True to form, however, he delivered his typical brand of mix-and-match patterns in modern and slightly 80’s silhouettes at the LV Resort show on the French Riviera.
The accessories stole the show, between the knee-high leather sneaker-boot and LV’s latest collaboration with ex-Vogue Creative Director, Grace Coddington, our eyes were drawn to the details of this collection. The capsule handbag collection, inspired by Grace’s love of drawing cats, further demonstrates fashion’s insular culture. Ms. Coddington is famous for her celebrity friends and connects, and her quirky, not-so-cohesive collection with Louis Vuitton is yet another example.
The drawings are undeniably adorable, but have the feeling of being tacked onto the season, not quite contrasting, but definitely standing out against LV’s staple bag repertoire that was re-imagined for Resort 2019.
Cat themes aside, I appreciate Nicholas Ghesquière’s continued commitment to his own vision for the brand. This heritage brand is so unique in that it has decades of history to call upon, but in luggage and accessories only. Since Marc Jacobs began the clothing line in 1997, the two designers at the helm have had the opportunity to shape what clothing means for the Louis Vuitton shopper. This, however, is no easy feat. Sticking to a core aesthetic while still branching out to make things new and fresh isn’t easy, but Nicholas has been able to combine all of these aspects: heritage, influences, street, collaborations, his own style, and create something cohesive over the seasons that still feels new.
The textures this season stood out and the feathers were particularly inspired.
As editors once mused in my favorite documentary “The September Issue:”
“What are we to do with feathers this season?”
“Well, you’re supposed to wear them!”
See my favorite look below!