The French luxury leather goods company presents its Fall/Winter 2021 collection with interior design as its main inspiration
Longchamp Creative Director Sophie Delfontaine took inspiration from the iconic Longchamp racehorse logo and the works of French interior designer Pierre Paulin for the brand’s fall/winter 2021 fashion show. Drawn by Turenne Chevallereau, the galloping Longchamp racehorse is the enduring expression of the label’s dynamism and art de vivre.
The show was held in Paris’s renowned Battesti riding hall, with its imposing glass and iron reef, engineered by none other that Gustave Eiffel. The equestrian connection perfectly suits the occasion.
Holding a key influence on the collection’s silhouettes, Sophie Delafonte cites Pierre Paulin’s innovative approach to line, function, color and material as harmonizing with the creative spirit of Longchamp. Thus, many of the looks has a sensual, enveloping quality, evocative of the curves of a Paulin sofa, while quilting and layering were prominent themes. On the other hand, several silhouettes feature sleeveless, padded gilets in butter-soft lambskin, while cashmere crop tops were worn with a denim shirt and Seventies-style woolen ribbed turtleneck sweaters slipped under shirts, suits and dresses.
The show was opened by Mica Arganaraz in a black safari jacket belted over a red skinny-rib sweater and the shortest of white shorts, worn with black rain boots out of which peeped long red socks. Both the colour palette – at once equestrian and quintessentially Parisian – and the proportions would recur throughout the show. Balancing this sporty mood, fluid midi dresses or cropped pants were worn with heeled, knee-high boots, exuding an eminently feminine vibe and illustrating the diverse facets of Longchamp’s Parisienne. Standouts here were a red lambskin leather dress with flirtatious flounces paired with a white skinny-rib and white boots, and a blouson and pants combo in lush caramel suede. A more casual feel was introduced by two oversized, mannish suits in peony-pink and soft grey corduroy, which were worn with white loafers embellished with chunky acetate chains, both colours and accessories nodding to the Sixties and Seventies.
The accessories collection also received a special rendition this season. The iconic Le Pliage was reinterpreted in padded, quilted lambskin, both in its classic shape and as a huggable drawstring backpack. While the emblematic Roseau bag was accessorised with a vintage-inspired acetate toggle and chain. Sophie also revived Longchamp’s heritage Le Foulonné grained leather in the form of a neat, square bag that swung lightly from the models’ shoulders.
Besides the season’s star bags; the Brioche and Le Pliage Cuir, the season’s it accessory from the collection would be the bucket hat in LGP jacquard canvas capturing both the mischievous energy and the mysterious charm of Longchamp’s Parisienne.