Nicolas Ghesquière has been always fascinated by the notion of time and the way fashion intersects with it and doubles back. While Louis Vuitton celebrating the 200th birthday of the house’s founder, Ghesquière was back at the Louvre museum with a spectacular history-mashing display, transforming the Passage de Richelieu – as company lore goes, the Passage Richelieu was used by Louis Vuitton for his meetings with Empress Eugénie, for whom he was the exclusive trunk maker – into a ballroom with mirrored panels reflecting the light of 120 vintage chandeliers, and a vampire-chic collection inspired by brand ambassador Alicia Vikander’s new HBO series (“Irma Vep”, directed by Olivier Assayas).
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In a press statement, the house described the collection as “an invitation to le grand bal of Time”, declaring: “Tonight, time is of no consequence. Yet time is everything. It dissolves functions and codes. It unites wardrobes. Day becomes night. The humble uniform becomes sumptuous”.
His Spring/Summer 2022 lineup cycled through a dizzying array of historical styles, from the opening looks, combining the intricate beading of the 1920s with side pannier structures and tailcoats, to delicately embellished slip dresses casually paired with jeans.
Capes were central to the drama of this evening-centric collection while the use of denim in this collection was ironic yet rounded out each look, giving a rustic look that was chic and polished.
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