Louis Vuitton Spring 2019 - Runway Review
October 2, 2018
Out from the LVMH mother ship came a uniquely personal spring Louis Vuitton collection. The transition to all things futuristic was a hearty nod to Nicolas Ghesquiere's days at Balenciaga. This collection transported guests -- practicality, be damned -- into a space-age virtual reality world that played out in its 1980s references (i.e. exaggerated silhouettes), high-tech fabrications like molded rubber, space suit sleeves, Memphis Group prints and the Parisian savior faire of sculptural dresses in sequin-embroidered mesh.
The eclectic collection offered a diverse series of propositions -- rooted, as always, in sharp tailoring. The new Vuitton jacket zipped up the middle with wide peaked lapels while the pants were straight-legged and hip-slung. At the end, a trio of "space suits" emerged in metallic floral jacquards. Like virtual gardens, they were clever, thematic and on point with Ghesquiere's point of view. Topping things off? A space-capsule evening bag and an egg-shaeped style that conjured "Aliens" will be a collectors item, as will a beautiful top-handle trunk puzzled together from several of LV's Petites Malles.