From within one iconic cultural institution, another rises for a finite moment in time. The concept of Nicolas Ghesquière’s Louis Vuitton Fall 2019 RTW fashion show alluded to the idea of being a “museum within a museum.” Located in the Cour Carrée of the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the interior and exterior scenography references the architecture of the Centre Pompidou which sits only a kilometer away. Designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers and inaugurated in 1977, the multicultural venue rapidly became one of the most recognizable and popular modern monuments despite the considerable controversy surrounding it.
The idea for this collection was to re-create those various “tribes” or subcultures. “When I arrived, the question was: ‘Is Louis Vuitton only about basics?’” said Nicolas Ghesquiere.
The models walked the perimeter, with its metal scaffolding and internal workings painted primary colors, in flat boots or thick-soled men’s lace-up shoes, their outfits not a melting pot but a mosaic of clashing textures, prints, punkish metal embellishments, face-framing ruffles, and leather skullcaps.
The Twist bag came in a quilted leather Damier while the Dauphine bag features the signature Fall print, a hypnotic 3D-inspired Monogram-Damier pattern. The Mini Luggage bag, launched at the most recent Spring 2019 show in classic Monogram, this time got pops of brightly colored leather trimmings against a black-and-white Damier canvas. And lastly, the all-new LV Arch bag took an understated shape and tops it with a distinctive cross-over handle.
Watch highlights from Nicolas Ghesquière’s Louis Vuitton Fall 2019 show that took place in Paris.