By Camryn McLen
Paris Fashion Week (PFW) concluded on Tuesday, Oct. 5, and Louis Vuitton was one of the last few shows of the day. Nicolas Ghesquière, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton, presented his Spring/Summer 2022 Womenswear collection at the Passage Richelieu entrance of the Louvre Museum.
Looking back on the Spring/Summer 2021 Ready-to-Wear collection, Ghesquière’s looks were more modern and included pieces that could be worn casually. Some of those included tops with words printed on them in what looked like a graffiti style. That collection was not nearly as avant-garde as this season.
This season’s collection showcased 45 looks with inspirations from both the past and the present. Vogue says Ghesquière is “fascinated by the notion of time, and the way fashion intersects with it and doubles back.”
Inspiration from the past was prevalent in some of the looks which incorporated hoop skirts, popular in the mid-19th century, as well as ruffled collars, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries. These history-inspired looks included intricate lace and beaded detail in a handful of colors such as black, white and gold.
More modern inspirations included the slip dress style from the ‘90s, cropped puffer coats, longline blazers and denim. While these modern pieces are clearly trendier than the white ruffled collars and hoop skirts, that didn’t stop Ghesquière from pairing some of these pieces together in one look.
A variety of fabrics and materials were used throughout the collection such as denim, velvet, leather, silk, sequins, lace and embellishments. A lot of the outfits combined multiple fabrics in one look like denim with leather, velvet with lace and silks with embellishments.
It’s safe to say that when people think of Louis Vuitton, the monogrammed LV bags and accessories come to mind. These staple pieces were also included in the show but in different, newer styles. One monogrammed bag even took the shape of a rounded mini Victorian-era style storage trunk.
Whether the look resembled past or present fashion trends, almost every single one of the 45 looks was paired with a modern take on gladiator sandals. The material was a bit thicker than a regular pair of gladiator sandals, but they were similar in terms of style – though some of the shoes had different closures and ties, unlike the regular ones.
As if the intricate lace details and other patterns weren’t jaw-dropping enough, there were a few complex headpieces that were shown too. Most of them covered the entire head and were beaded throughout with different color combinations like black and white or all gold. In a way, it resembled a fancy swim-cap, though someone definitely wouldn’t want to swim in something like that.
Another notable, unmissable factor added were the several pairs of sunglasses included in some of the looks. These weren’t just regular, everyday sunglasses one might slip on throughout the day. The glasses Ghesquière used were flashy and sparkly, and some of them even included clumps of jewels throughout. A lot of them were cat-eye style sunglasses with long, flame-like pieces extending from the center as well as the sides.
It will be exciting to see what Ghesquière decides to do next whether he sticks with his love for historical fashion and combines it with modern day trends, or if he keeps things more modern like the previous collection. Early next year that will be revealed during PFW’s Fall/Winter 2022 collections.
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