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Future Perfect: Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2017

by Candy Lim
17.02.2017
Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection draws references from fashion’s epicentre while showing a futuristic outlook

Depending on who you talk to, this collection could either be a breakthrough in terms of the visual amalgamation of Paris’ Left and Right Bank sensibilities, or a journey with earlier sartorial strides. This particular experience of delving into the intricacies of Parisienne style is akin to perusing a dynamic cultural tapestry of the historically-rich city, through the lens of a creator determined to march to his own beat.

A brave imagination of the Left Bank’s bohemian eccentricities imbued with the Right Bank’s structure, this collection is characterised by impeccable tailoring, jagged shapes and the juxtaposition of tough with delicate, such as the laced-up combat boots with flowing dresses and lace outfits. And the use of leather – for example, in tube dresses and slashed sleeves on overhung shoulders – epitomises the aesthetic preference for insouciant grungy glam-chic rather than the “bon chic, bon genre” that is representative of a more contrived style.

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“Somewhere between theatricality and aestheticism, a witty, wise and savvy Parisienne, a true original for whom dressing is a pleasure is born out of this enlightened heritage.”

While one would be hard-pressed to associate the collection with functionality (indeed, save for the fanciful T-shirts that reference the heads of the 18th-century fauns decorating the façade of 2 Place Vendôme, the most wearable items for the everywoman looking to take home a piece of the collection would likely be the perennially covetable accessories range, such as the structured handbags and shoes), it would be an injustice not to laud the designer for sticking by his vision, instead of trying to decipher and pander to the crowd’s whims and fancies.

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The choice of Place Vendôme over LV Fondation (designer Nicolas Ghesquière’s usual show venue for the past seasons), is perhaps symbolic: the famous square was built on the orders of Louis XIV, as a grandiose setting that would embody absolute power and luxury.
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The choice of Place Vendôme over LV Fondation (designer Nicolas Ghesquière’s usual show venue for the past seasons), is perhaps symbolic: the famous square was built on the orders of Louis XIV, as a grandiose setting that would embody absolute power and luxury.
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The choice of Place Vendôme over LV Fondation (designer Nicolas Ghesquière’s usual show venue for the past seasons), is perhaps symbolic: the famous square was built on the orders of Louis XIV, as a grandiose setting that would embody absolute power and luxury.
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The choice of Place Vendôme over LV Fondation (designer Nicolas Ghesquière’s usual show venue for the past seasons), is perhaps symbolic: the famous square was built on the orders of Louis XIV, as a grandiose setting that would embody absolute power and luxury.

Check out the SS'17 Dossier in the February 2017 issue of L'Officiel Singapore (out now on newsstands and Magzter).

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