The Louvre Pyramid, Paris’s most modern landmark, was lit up like an exploding star last night while a galaxy of celebrities arrived in a mist of French drizzle.
Léa Seydoux, Sophie Turner, Shailene Woodley and Amandla Stenberg took their seats in a cling film wrapped cube within the museum’s inner courtyard – lit with neon strips that reflected on a pool of inky black water – before the army of models marched out.
And what did they wear? Star Trek silhouettes were made real with sculptural puffed sleeves, while white bonnets reminiscent of Handmaid’s Tale hats were essential elements.
Next, red carpet-ready dresses came embellished with jumbo-sized silver sequins, tops were encrusted with dangling beads and looks featuring vivid patterns, blurred to abstraction, and geographic motifs sped past the front row.
Louis Vuitton’s Creative Director, Nicolas Ghesquiere, is known for his love of science fiction and this season he merged the overriding theme of travel with his own personal predilection for futurism within fashion.
If this is the season we’ve been presented with designer’s distinct visions for our Spring / Summer wardrobes (think of the giant straw baskets at Jacquemus and Karl Lagerfeld’s beach chic), in general, the collections have been overidingly full of lightweight layers and happy holiday clothes.
Ghesquiere took the yearning to travel one giant leap further and explored exotic destinations beyond any travel agent’s remit. Otherworldly, while remaining resolutely wearable, Spring at Louis Vuitton goes beyond planet Earth.
As the globes’ second oldest fashion house, Vuitton began life as a trunk maker dedicated to ‘The Art of Travel.’ Today? Who hasn’t craved the glamour a chic Vuitton carry-all can bestow when boarding a budget flight?
It makes sense that Ghesquiere would look beyond the confines of any regular bucket list of established destinations for an adventure beyond our imagination. And when that day comes, we know what we will be wearing.