Signaling new beginnings for a house so steeped in heritage, at Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2017, designer Nicholas Ghesquière utilised the brand’s future flagship store and new home – 2 Place Vendôme – to showcase his take on the season, demonstrating the scale and sheer reach of the world of Vuitton. And the world responded, in turn, with an impressive front row of the who’s who of global style – Léa Seydoux, Michelle Williams, Catherine Deneuve and Jennifer Connelly, to name a few.
Three years into his tenure, while there were still those archival elements, this felt more of a collection about pressing onwards – demo-ed neatly by way of natural selection; taking the brand’s Petite Malle trunk bag and evolving it into an iPhone case, naturally – tech accessory trumps the It bag.
It wasn’t completely all change, however – the '80s had their place thanks to a soundtrack from the 1984 Gerard Depardieu movie Rive Droite, Rive Gauche, not to mention in the crystal embellishment, the big shoulders and cropped leather jacket, but, at its heart, there was a new vision here setting the stage for future collections. Tailoring was taken out of the office and into new territory with daring cut outs at the hip, shoulders and underarm, while asymmetric jersey dresses, sheer midi dresses and a riot of polka dot and checkerboard print all played their part in propelling things forward into new times.