Louis Vuitton AW16/17: Empowering fashion thought an art performance
For Autumn / Winter 2016-2017, Nicolas Ghesquière reconnected with history, and innovated with an edgy and shiny decor inspired by ancient Greece. Starring 57 broken mirrored columns, and a graphic mosaic black and white floor, the catwalk was astonishing. The music played was surprisingly classical, however all elements combined created a truly innovative, futuristic and inspiring atmosphere.
The first model arises on the runway wearing a black leather coat, with a pair of red vinyl trousers, as we admire the reflection of the garments in the mirrored columns. More than a runway show, Ghesquière was connecting art and fashion in an artistic performance. The set was created by the French artist Justin Morin, and was inspired by his previous masterpiece Melted Bones (2011).
As leather is Guesquière’s signature fabric, the AW16/17 collection was very modern and sexy. Silky flowy skirts and dresses, were decorated with a traditional scarf pattern, and vinyl was used in all its forms, from trench coats to trousers and tops.
But the main inspiration of the show were bikers: leather jumpsuits and boots, bicolor bomber jackets… This is most certainly one of next season’s hottest trend.
The accessories were daring and edgy, Ghesquière mixed the iconic LV monogram with leopard print, and created clutches and mini trucks, for a wild and highly desirable look.
As for make up and hair, the models were pulling off bold dark glossy lips, combined with a glowy looking skin, for a 90’s grungy revival with a modern twist.
What about the front row? Suzy Menkes, Grace Coddington and Anna Wintour were of course part of the « frow ». We also spotted the American pop singer Selena Gomez, the renown model Karlie Kloss, and the Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, all of them were wearing pieces from the collection.
By combining art and fashion, a futuristic set with a historical heritage, along with a sporty-chic collection, the creative director really made his 5th collection at Louis Vuitton count. We applauded, it was spectacular!