Louis Vuitton fall/winter show was the most anticipated one at Paris Fashion Week and it was worth waiting since Nicolas Ghesquiere definitelly managed to redefine the brand . His debut LV collection is very sober, casual and detail oriented. He didn’t have a theme and the idea wasn’t to dazzle us with extravagance, but to create something pragmatic and wearable. Inspired by the history of Louis Vuitton, he worked with leather a lot and the result was extraordinary, since the collection features some truly amazing leather coats, bags, shoes and belts.
Bags were particularly interesting and innovative. Petite-Malle, his small boxy handbag which resemble company’s steamer trunks from nineteenth century immediately became the new “it bag” everybody is talking about. It can be worn as a crossbody bag or a clutch and it comes with removable leather cover. There are several different styles including the one with LV monogram. The brand didn’t create any new bag shapes for a long time and this bag is definitely an important invention for a label that has been making luxury luggage for more than 160 years. It is not a trendy bag but a timeless piece which you will want to wear until the end of your life. Brand’s PR said that the price is “on demand” and it can only be assumed that the waiting list will be very long.
Aside from this gorgeous little bag, Ghesquiere also made some amazing color blocking doctor bags and some of the come with removable covers too. A second layer is a very practical invention to protect the leather and it is also an interesting idea to have a luxury bag covered with a canvas wrapper.
Rumours about Nicolas Ghesquière’s new post as a Creative Director of Louis Vuitton, which started since Marc Jacobs stepped down from this position in October, are now confirmed. He already started working on the fall/winter 2014 collection for Louis Vuitton, which will be shown at Paris Fashion Week in March. Everyone is eager to find out how is he going to contribute to the style of the brand which will be 160 years old in 2014.
Ghesquière started working for Balenciaga in 1997, when he was only 25 years old. His ground breaking design immediately turned Balenciaga into a critically acclaimed brand, because he was making wearable art, rather than just mainstream fashion. Marc Jacobs is quite the opposite with his sense for commercial success. Throughout his 16 years long career at Louis Vuitton, he managed to transform luggage and accessories brand into bestselling luxury fashion label. His design is literally appealing to everyone, while Ghesquière’s style is very avant-garde. It will certainly be a challenge for him.
When he was asked how he feels about working for Louis Vuitton, Ghesquière replied: “I am very honoured of the mission that I am entrusted with, and proud to join the history of this great maison. We share common values and a vision.”
While we are all waiting to see Ghesquière’s first collection for Louis Vuitton, have a look at some of his designs for Balenciaga selected for you by ModXchange: