Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2012 Collection
October 5, 2011 by J.T.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 – Cour Carree du Louvre
Marc Jacobs chose to showcase his Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 collection on a carousel, as he said, to “celebrate the circular dance of fashion”. Contrary to last season’s fetish inspired show, today’s collection played on lightness and romance. Louis Vuitton, a brand whose collections always seem to take in new directions every season never ceases to amaze.
This time transparency played its part with the opening looks featuring a redundant flower motif made in organza, wrapped in anglaise. Then came more conservative suits, in cotton nylon, that looked like the house’s signature Damier checkerboard pattern. Broderie anglaise flowers evolved throughout the collection, used on the shirt collars and paired with silk cellophane wrapped laser-cut lace skirts. The girls had dewy rosy cheeks and a negligee chignon embellished by crystal and cowhide headbands.
But it wasn’t all sweetness and innocence, as crocodile-skin motorcycle coats and jackets added modernity and tinge of edginess to the collection. Last season’s handcuff has been replaced by a sterling silver musical bell-shaped bangle, whose inner bell-sphere made from a single pearl.
In this jeweled box atmosphere, the Lockit bag is joined by the Speedy, fulfilling every bag addict’s expectations. The transformed Lockit is made translucent in pale voile showing a hidden classic Monogram coin purse. The Speedy couture, first introduced for the Fall 2010 collection, has evolved into a new more practical shape, seen in blue or off white crocodile. A new bag, inspired by retro supermarket shopping bags is declined in blue mirrored metallic leather. The accessory center piece of the show was the rounded “Coquille D’Oeuf” Minaudiere. This evening bag necessitated 300 hours of work, with its 12,500 pieces of egg ‘mosaique’, forming its exterior Monogram. It might be a mere charming piece in some ways, but it may possibly be seen by clients as being all the more precious for it’s exquisite craftsmanship; an idea that is at the heart of the house’s DNA and kept clients always yearning for more.
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