Louis Vuitton SS13
Creative Director, Marc Jacobs pulled inspiration for this Louis Vuitton theatrical runway presentation from Les Deux Plateaux, an instillation of 260 columns varying in three different heights, outside the Palais Royal in Paris. The columns are arranged in a grid layout, which inspired Jacobs for his use of a graphic-print based collection for Spring 2013. Incorporating the element of perception, he arranged three different elevators to be installed and working throughout the show, for models to come down and strut at the bottom where the runway began. The runway was bright yellow checkerboard designed, again, adding in that key grid component.
The designs themselves continued on this theme centered on shape and order, with 60s inspired shapes, and symmetrical prints. Mod looks consisted of calf-length pencil skirts, and shift dresses. Checkerboard print defined many looks, with the odd piece embellished with fine sequins or delicate floral embroidery. The vibrant yellows, greens, and muted metallics brought the collection to life, against a vivid white base colour. Thin band watches and sleek bow hairbands were fresh accessories for spring. Low pointy toe pumps kept everything grounded and elegant.
An interesting piece of information is that this collection was in fact the first that did not have the LV logo placement on the clothing or accessories. It was great to see Jacobs embarking in a different direction and taking inspiration for graphics from tangible exhibits in the real world. Although it may have seemed repetitive, the somber music, intriguing setting, and minimalistic looks kept our eyes peeled, sourcing out the smallest and finest differences in details. The final picture perfect moment was the grand finale, where models lined one after another and escalated down from the “heavens” – so to speak. During the showing, I couldn’t help but think of the early days of supermodel, Twiggy. It was an incredible way to end Paris Fashion Week, leaving us motivated to source out our inner mod-girl.
Written by Jenn McNaughton for OhWowYouWoreThat