From Paris straight into the future, Louis Vuitton set up one of the most spectacular collections for Spring/Summer 2016
Louis Vuitton started life as a famous luxury luggage brand and has always been synonymous with travel and leisure, therefore it was no surprise that Nicolas Ghesquiere has taken us on a journey with every collection he has created since his appointment as artistic director in 2013.
This time he has launched us into a vision of futuristic cyberpunk space by setting the show in a black box with screens all around and moving pieces shaped like bags to create a high tech reality around the audience. Starting the show with a voice from video game Minecraft, and a Japanese model with pink hair bearing a resemblance to a character from the Final Fantasy, it was clear that he found inspiration from the virtual world.
Ghesquière turned his models into fighters of the game by binding their hands in leather bands,and giving each one of them small square cases or luxe edition drawstring bags with tassels, accessories that will become new trend piece this summer.
At the start dresses were rather long, and ornamented with embroidery but by the end and in the more sci-fi part of the show optical illusions were added to cocktail dresses in silver and metallic gleaming material which looked like a space age fabric from the future.
Cotton white bubble skirts, peasant dresses and romantic pirate inspired blouses with ruffles and balloon sleeves gave a dose of softness and feminism.
Flared skirts embellished with metal embroidery were featured alongside utility dip dyed jumpsuits and crop tops but the real stand out piece was the leather jacket. From bubblegum pink and multicoloured, car sprayed version through to military and biker, featuring stripes and the famous LV monogram which now has a new function after almost disappearing from the bags that were trademark of Louis Vuitton brand.
The collection was heavy accessorised with not only bags but also metal chokers to add more roughness, belts and shoes which fully embraced 90’s trends arrayed from punk black strap chunky platforms and cowboy boots to more elegant statement python patterned heels also featured.
Louis Vuitton SS16 Ready-to-Wear
Like the voice at the beginning of the show said: “The only limit is your imagination…” certainly you could find so many different references throughout the show. The Louis Vuitton headquarters looked like a clash of Mad Max and Final Fantasy, or punk and pirate romanticism which proves that this master of design is at the peak of his creative power and sending the brand into a new dimension.