Closing up Paris Fashion Week is, indeed, a spot reserved for the giants, and Nicolas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton hit hard with a stellar line-up that took the season's sports-goes-glam and melded it with historic anachronism that even incorporated the show’s setting itself, the Louvre's newest opening, the Pavillon de l'Horloge.
Overlooked by the Great Sphinx of Tanis from 2600 BC, with its Bastille-esque walls, the show space provided the ideal tapestry of historic moments in which to present a show of juxtaposed references. Something of a signature move for Ghesquière as evident from his Balenciaga days, this pairing of the most unlikeliest of pieces was established from the outset: 18th-century French aristocratic brocade frock coats allied with silky running shorts and mega sneakers, moving into flashy gold iterations paired with silken white or black vinyl trousers.
Riffing on romanticism, pure balloon sleeves, pussy-bow blouses and lithe, sheer gowns lasted, but a few looks before it was back to reality with a Stranger Things poster tee (the designer is a super fan) sitting atop a billowy shirt – cue the camera flashes at this instant Instagram honey trap. Disco had its moment, too, as silver and crystal sparkling cocktail dresses flourished, countered by their masculine foils – think Freja Beha Erichsen in a brown leather shirt teamed with silver space man trousers. The pièce de resistance in a phenomenal year for this storied house, only Ghesquière could make pieces of the past so relevant, bringing them decisively back to the future.