The message for the Longchamp Spring 2019 RTW collection from Sophie Delafontaine, the brand’s creative director, was an ode to the free-spirited, from Anita Pallenberg to Veruschka.
“Elegant, but with a touch of eccentricity—and wildness!” Delafontaine said backstage. “I am not designing for static women.”
Everywhere you looked, suede, leather, and lace were worked with fringe, tiering, and hippie-trail graphic prints and stylized floral motifs which evoked Altamont and Santa Fe. There was a loosened-up mix of sharp, abbreviated biker-ish jackets cut to skim above the waist, tiny skirts, and pretty diaphanous dresses that billowed floorward, all in a palette of turquoise, brown, and purple.
These looks were worn with the likes of gladiator sandals, fluffy mules, and flat leopard bootees, and plenty of substantial leather saddle purses, their embroidered and tasseled straps. The house’s classic Le Pliage bag rendered as a capacious holdall in a cool blown-up snakeskin print.
This was the house’s first show in New York, a way to mark Longchamp’s 70th birthday.
Watch behind the scenes the last preps for the first Longchamp fashion show at 3 World Trade Center in New York.