Louis Vuitton’s Supernatural Runway Show
This week in Paris, Louis Vuitton’s Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière invited guests to embark on a transcendent women’s Spring/Summer 2024 runway show at 103 Avenue des Champs-Élysées. From the visionary mind of Ghesquière and American production designer James Chinlund, an otherworldly scenography unfolded within the Art Nouveau-style building.
Skillfully installed by Penique Productions, a diaphanous tangerine-hued veil enveloped all in a mythical hot-air balloon, evoking the energy and warmth of traveling to an individual paradise. French singer and composer Zaho de Sagazan sent the space soaring with her ethereal music, a spellbinding blend of classic French chanson and electronic rhythms that vividly echoed Louis Vuitton’s new romantic and avant-garde collection.
The International Glitterati Witnessed Classic Parisian Style Soar to New Heights
An array of global cultural and style icons such as American record producer, rapper, and Louis Vuitton men’s designer Pharrell Williams, French actor Léa Seydoux, Swedish singer and songwriter Robyn, American filmmaker Ava DuVernay, and Korean-Australian rapper and dancer Felix—Louis Vuitton’s latest house ambassador—were in attendance as sumptuous new takes on legendary Parisian style were debuted. Looks were rooted in vintage elegance, yet bloomed with a contemporary sensibility. Sculptural corset tops were suspended from minimalistic leather straps, embellished with brooch-like buttons, and paired with billowing rose-colored pinstripe trousers.
Luminous jackets in butter yellow, jet black, and pearl—some with chic striped detailing—boasted extra large buttons, styled with matching pleated mini skirts. Classic and immaculate tailoring formed the basis for a myriad of suit options: glistening patent leather and striped skirt suits, deftly draped iterations with elongated jackets and jeweled buttons, and lush, broad-shouldered styles featuring geometric designs and shimmering houndstooth.
Whimsical Yet Stately Styles for Day and Night in New Louis Vuitton Looks
Day looks began with sporty bomber jackets in graphic designs, paired with delicately ruffled, tiered skirts of charmeuse and mousseline, and robust, asymmetrical leather belts. Breezy, ankle-grazing skirts in a succession of stripes and colorful shades paraded down the runway, topped off with graceful silk blouses. Oversized striped button-up shirts worn as dresses, styled alone or with a luxurious coat, was a pleasing collage of then and now.
Extravagant dresses with inventive pleating were shown with slim belts at the waistline, a simple design that was echoed in the buckled suspenders attached to polished, high-waisted trousers. Off-the-shoulder blouses in crimson or canary yellow draped like angelic wings at rest, whilst glassy dresses in dreamlike hues and stripes floated across the body with divine movement. Chic heels grounded each and every look in a romantic yet authoritative style. A range of exceptional accessories, from structured totes and creative clutches to futuristic sunglasses, playful hats, and layered necklaces, gifted a glorious show of Louis Vuitton’s cutting-edge je ne sais quoi to an enthralled audience.