For those out there who have been living under a fashion rock (otherwise known as the real world) then I should let you know that this LV collection was the first for newly appointed creative director designer, Nicolas Ghesquiere, who has been off the scene since his departure from Balenciaga, a year and half ago, where he had been in the drivers seat for 15 years. Now in regards to the show yesterday, I don’t know how to say this without it sounding wrong, so I’m going to just say it and then attempt to explain it afterwards… The Showman has definitely left the building. The designer has arrived…
Now first point I’d like to make, is that by no means whatsoever, do I mean to disregard or disrespect Marc Jacobs in that statement, as anyone who follows my blog, would know my love for him and his time at LV. What Marc brought to the brand was what Karl Lagerfeld brings to Chanel; showmanship, spectacle, show experience along with excellence in creative and technical design. Ghesquiere on the other hand has that simplistic, edgy take on presenting a collection preferring to leave the showiness out of his shows. Now neither is better, in my eyes, I just simply want to point out the obvious differences in direction for shows and collections.
Ok so now that I’ve got that there, lets talk clothes cos they are immaculate in this collection. Ghesquiere has always been known for his finite attention to detail, his penchant for luxe fabrics in an understated way and his understanding of what women actually want to wear, and he demonstrated all of these things yesterday, giving us a slightly late 60’s 70’s inspired woman with clean lines, shorts skirts, glossy fierce dresses and a bevvy of new beautiful bags. The technical detail involved along with wear-ablility factor has given LV back it’s edge, almost returning the house to it’s roots of European design, meaning that these are clothes that will be seen on people, on editors and on plenty of streetstyle blogs, in the streets, not just in editorials. Obviously people with money that is, because I can tell you right now that most of these items will come nicely accompanied with quite a hefty pricetag, lets take that amazing croc jacket for example, the mind boggles.
I was quite sad (probably a bit extreme) at the end of MJ’s last show for LV last september, and despite my admiration and love for Ghesquiere in his time at Balenciaga, I didn’t know how this would pan out, but I can whole heartedly say I’m beyond excited for what lies ahead for both Ghesquiere and LV and I already cant wait for his next collection, so until then, I will save every penny in an effort to purchase something form this collection. Love.
pics from style.com, style bistro, vogue.uk