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The Louvre Reopens for Louis Vuitton’s Paris Fashion Week Show

What do you do to get the doors to the Louvre to re-open for one night only? Make it the backdrop for a Louis Vuitton, of course.

The museum is currently closed to the public due to concerns over coronavirus. But on Tuesday evening, the Louvre opened its doors to let the fashion world’s elite inside for Louis Vuitton’s AW 20/21 show which would bring Paris fashion week to a close for another season. 

“I wanted a group of characters that represent different countries, different cultures, different times,” Ghesquière told Vogue. “I love this interaction between the people seated in the audience, the girls walking, and the past looking at them – these three visions mixed together.”

To set the scene of creative director Nicolas Ghesquière’s fascination with time travel, a 200-person choir were dressed in historic clothing created by  Milena Canonero, Stanley Kubrick’s Designer of Costumes, who worked on “A Clockwork Orange”. 

As for the collection itself, which was paraded down a runway on a catwalk which was staged in the inner courtyard of the museum, Ghesquière’s penchant for clashing a sports-luxe aesthetic with softer touchers and tailoring came to life on the runway. Motocross-inspired jackets were teamed with voluminous, tiered mini skirts while leather pants that look like they were made for the raceway were partnered with soft, feminine blouses and diaphanous fabrics.

When it came to the accessories Ghesquière gave an obvious nod to the Louis Vuitton archives with reinvented classic luggage trunks making an appearance.

Discover our favourite looks from the Louis Vuitton collection below.

 

The Must-See Looks from the Chanel AW20/21 Collection

It was a pared-back approached that creative director Virginie Viard appeared to take to the Chanel AW 20/21 collection.

“A very simple, very pure momentum. Romanticism but without any flourishes. Emotions but without any frills,” Viard explains.

Once again it was the Grand Palais where the collection came to life, however, gone was the elaborate runway backdrop that her predecessor Karl Lagerfeld had become known for. Instead Viard reflected her interpretation of the iconic maison in her minimalist approach to the setting. “Movement, air… For the runway show, no frame. I don’t like framing,” says Viard.

For this Chanel AW 2020/21 Ready-to-Wear collection, “almost no dresses, just casaques (jockey silks). Jodhpurs that open over seven-league boots, a nod to those belonging to Karl. For the first time there are press studs on the suits for a more lively gesture,” continues Virginie Viard.

A simple yet timeless colour palette of plenty of jet black and white was punctuated with a hint of pale green and Chanel’s emblematic pink as well as head-turning jewellery.

Discover our favourite looks from the Chane AW 20/21 collection below.