Runway Review: Louis Vuitton Spring 2015

With one of the most highly anticipated venues of all of PFW, the magnificent new Frank Gehry designed Fondation Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière steered SS15 straight into the future with a collection that caught the Seventies nods we’ve been seeing up with the times.  Knitwear was key, capitalizing on the latest textile technology with seamlessly executed textural stripes, playing with gauges and patterns, while other garments bearing intricate details seemed to bear the precision of 3D printing.  Then there were the printed white leather numbers, playful and pop covered in everyday objects from salt and paper shakers to telephones, to nail polish bottles, and trompe l’oeil pencils tucked into the pockets.

Once the sequins came out the rich, unexpected combinations of colors and abstract patterns took hold – army greens with blood orange, turquoise and pops of chartreuse- intensifying and finally taking shape on head to toe velvet, exploding into a full canvas of flora and fauna. The ornate patterns seemed  both rich with history, but balanced with contemporary silhouettes-zip-front peplumed jackets and a lust-worthy quilted motorcycle number-they translated to modern day keepsakes with a story waiting to be told.

Of course we couldn’t talk Louis Vuitton without the boots and the bags now could we. Ghesquière debuted a modernized LV logo- bolder and more angular – on a series of chain link bags strapped bags in a rainbow of colors, luxe leathers, quilting, and stripes.  The boots were showstoppers- knee-high glossy heeled boots in reds and mahoganys gave way to swirling gold crocodile with caged cut-outs and black underlay.  The story was quality and craftsman, and Ghesquière showed a collection of pieces ready to be mixed and matched into wardrobes for seasons to come.

About the Author

Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram @sarahbertness.