Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2012 Collection

Wednesday March 7, 2012 – Cour Carree du Louvre

Since a couple of seasons, Marc Jacobs has moved from showing his Louis Vuitton collections on a classic runway to an almost theatrical set.

But Louis Vuitton shows have always been a surprise. Every season, Marc Jacobs, with an elusive talent, reinvents the Louis Vuitton ready to wear he created fifteen years ago. The house codes are his own, with his uncensored vision having shocked many in the past starting with the Spring 2001 collection featuring the Graffiti tagged Monogram bag inspired by the artist Stephen Sprouse.

The Fall 2012 show was no different, it was even more spectacular than before. Louis Vuitton has brilliantly managed to entertain his audience, showing off more than 150 handbags while having the core of his entity in the center stage: the spirit of travel.

The show notes said “When the clock strikes 10 the train will pull into the station. Everything is exactly as it seems, apart from when it isn’t – it should perhaps be noted that this place is not actually a station. Nevertheless, much is self-explanatory and should be responded to accordingly”

At 10:05 the train, an identical reproduction of a model of the late nineteenth century arrived to the roar of a cheering crowd. The passengers appeared like coming from another era. They arrived, with a vast amount of luggage, carried by smartly uniformed baggage handlers.

The clothing is layered in rich, sumptuous fabrics; long skirts over cigarette pants, long coats over all, each look topped by a tall hat. The normal sized men that greet the embarking passengers, tiny In comparison and carrying the multiple, luxurious bags, reinforce the point of this lowering female silhouette: they are merely added accessories.

Brocades and jacquards are further embroidered and appliqued with hologram color forms and laser etched plastic stones; tinsel is woven to resemble sparkling tweed; heavy metal yarns replicate Afghan blanket fabrics; kangaroo leather is patchworked and bejewelled with plastics . Everything becomes more, both real and unreal: instantaneous and equally weighted, joyfully vulgar in its confrontation.

Appropriately enough the Vuitton handbags this season are also larger than life. Based on the shapes of Vuitton luggage past. Hat boxes, vanity cases, weekend bags and petites valises all make an appearance for everyday use. The traditional canvas Monogram finds itself trimmed in real crocodile or embroidered in sequins on a blanket wool, trimmed with box calf. The Speedy has an intense reworking this season, based on and featuring a round signature buckle.

At the end of the show, the man that infused modernity while preserving the brand’s tradition, jumped from the locomotive, humble  and shy, leaving the crowd eager to see what’s next.

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Louis Vuitton Fall 2012 Show Video

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Photos and Video courtesy of Stylerumor
Style by Katie Grand
Hair by Guido Palau
Makeup by Pat McGrath

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