Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2017 Women’s Show

Paris Fashion Week Louis Vuitton Women’s Spring Summer 2017 Fashion Show

All change at Louis Vuitton this morning where Nicolas Ghesquière favoured the soon-to-be opened new store (currently a vast concrete shell) at 2 Place Vendôme for his show location over the Frank Gehry-designed LV Fondation, the venue for all his shows since he came on board here almost three years ago. Among the show notes this morning was the list of celebrities attending, which was extensive – Lea Seydoux, Alicia Vikander, Michelle Williams, Catherine Deneuve, Jennifer Connelly, Roger Federer and more. Interestingly, it also highlighted their number of Instagram followers, proving that even a giant house like Vuitton isn’t immune to the power of influencers.

Regardless of social media stats and global status, this was a collection firmly rooted in Parisienne style; “It was a question of territory: Right Bank vs. Left Bank, each has its own particularities and creative sensibilities.” The show opened with a series of fluid, one-sleeved draped jersey dresses, which were inspired by the French women who populate this city; whose dresses seem to float as they move. That freedom of movement continued through to black and white polka-dot and checkerboard prints which danced across Eighties-shouldered flippy dresses with circular cut outs at the hip. As free spirited as that all sounds, tailoring here was anything but; rigorously sharp with jagged angles – from jutting necklines to shoulders that were cut to slant forwards, to skewed wrap-over hemlines, even underarms and sleeves were dramatically sliced open – these were power suits of the future aimed squarely at millennial CEOs.

The takeaway need-it-now items from here? Undoubtedly, a pair of those pull-on cowboy boots (nine front-rowers out of a line of 20 were wearing Louis Vuitton’s lace-up combat boots from this season); the Petit Malle iPhone case, what Vuitton fan wouldn’t want to dress her iPhone Plus in that? And one of those T-shirts printed with the head of the 18th century fauns that decorate the facade of 2 Place Vendôme, and stamped on the back: “Louis Vuitton trunks and bags”. But as Ghesquière proved once again: there’s much more to boast about that just trunks and bags.

By Sarah Harris

Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2017 Women’s Show