Spotlight Saturdays Designer Edition: Nicholas Ghesquiere

Sixties aesthetics with 21st century mechanics

Nicolas Ghesquière makes an iconic debut at Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 RTW

The House of Louis Vuitton is eminent in its use of animal skin–leather, suede and fur; most notable in their iconic handbags and satchels, which was also integrated into the 2014 fall coats and dresses that its newly appointed designer, Nicholas Ghesquiere, created.

Louis Vuitton is known for its utilitarian craftsmanship—luggage and satchels are composed heavy-duty leather that lasts from generation to generation.

Its now ubiquitous monogram “LV” logo is usually dangling as a bag or a trunk from a celebrity’s arm. Their famous “speedy” bag was carried around even back in the sixties by fashion icons like Aubrey Hepburn, who is rumored to have had one custom-made to match her petite frame.

The 2014 ready-to-wear fall show took place in Paris on March 5, 2014; just about a year ago. Fans of the collection include actress Chloe Sevigny and street style star Susie Bubble, who deem the collection as artful and functional.

The most prominent feature of the show was the A-line silhouette found in trench coats, dresses and mini pocketed skirts that are not only wearable, but also have an aura of perfect handiwork: every single detail was planned out to fit its own garment. The prominent details of the A-line pieces were side pockets and big zippers, which only adds to the functionality of the clothes.

Nicholas didn’t have a theme for this collection–which is a risky move. Instead, he focused on the chic women around him; friends and co-workers, and created a cohesive parade of french and wearable art for the 21st century woman on the move. Real clothes are sometimes juxtaposed with artistry. This time, Ghesquière managed to intertwine both; beauty and efficiency.

Even though there is no actual theme to the show, the silhouettes –turtlenecks, high-waists and A-line everything made it homogenous to the Sixties.

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