Fashion: We witnessed a new fashion vernacular in Paris at Louis Vuitton, a gilded, metallic Space Age collection were the proportions, hues and setting evoked a particular sanguine chic.
Optimistic futurism is back in vogue at LV and in the best shows in Paris and Milan; shapes are ergonomic, colors washed out metallics -- space age detritus in impressionist tints -- makeup is ethereal.
For fall 2008, Vuitton's creative director Marc Jacobs looked at fashion with a painterly eye, where each passage sort of floated onto the runway, since the backdrop was a large, airily lit white hemisphere built in the biggest tent we've ever seen in the Cour Carre of the Louvre.
But the Vuitton futurism seen Sunday evening was by far the most patrician; clothes for a grand dame to wear to a space station reception. Restrained peplum redingotes, flared at the thigh, but right at the ankle pants and drop shouldered, tapered coats were the keys to the silhouette.
The whole show was a brilliantly realized affair, with an impeccable casting, most of whom wore Japanese style conical headgear, Grace Jones album cover stuff. Plus the music was a stunning mix by Steve Macckey, a Lost in Space style stew of gurgles and electronic burps, as if a robot were reacting to a malfunction.
Practically every model wore a bag, with a new multi panel handbag the standout. These were color coordinated to match the look, in shades like dove gray, sea foam green and charcoal.
Jacobs also produced a sensational new shoe look for Vuitton, a revamped platform, where the heel was a threatening needle spike. In a word, this was one brilliantly nailed down fashion event.
By Godfrey Deeny
Courtesy Fashion Wire Daily