Monday, 14 April 2014

Louis Vuitton FW14

I remember when I first fell in love with Louis Vuitton. It was in 2008 when I was about 11 years old, when I saw the Spring/Summer show, which opened with 12 leading old-school models, all dressed up as nurses, complete with lace masks and caps. The show, as I discovered later on, was a Marc Jacobs and Richard Prince, which explains the nurse look clearly influenced by Prince's work. Nothing was kept in the ordinary, jackets with exposed backs and bags in a spectrum of acid colours, created a complete muddle of random styles which somehow came together in a sort of organised chaos. At the age of 11 this seemed to be just about the coolest show ever, I think the bright accessories triggered my somewhat annoying and extremely embarrassing neon stage.

The models backstage.

From left: Stephanie Seymour, Eva Herzigova, Rianne Ten Haken, Anne Vyalitsyna, Carmen Kass, Natalia Vodianova, Angela Lindvall, Isabeli Fontana, Karolina Kurkova, Lara Stone, Nadja Auermann and Naomi Campbell.
At the end of Paris Fashion Week SS14 Jacobs announced that he was leaving Louis Vuitton and the new head designer was announced as Nicolas Ghesquiere. I have to say he has made me fall in love with the brand all over again, with Ghesquiere focusing all creative energy on what comes down the runway. He has left behind the style of past collections and shows, hosting this one in an open and minimalistic space. He has begun to blend his own love of innovative treatment and the brand's commitment to noble fabrics and tradition. For instance the boxy clutch bags mimic the famed Louis Vuitton travel trunks. For me, the collection's strong point was the jackets and coats. That may be because I'm a coat fanatic but the leather and fur made timeless pieces without going overboard. 

This coat is most likely my favourite piece in the show. It's just about the coolest thing to walk down the runway since John Galliano's Fall 2010 Couture collection for Dior (All I want in life is to walk around the house in one of those masterpieces)

More coats from the collection.

This is by far my favourite FW14 Collection and has established my faith in Nicolas Ghesquiere's new leadership of Louis Vuitton. The colour palate will definitely be featuring in my winter wardrobe, and hopefully so will those fur collars and ankle boots!

Megan Rose.

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