Eclectic. Bold. Vivacious. Nicolas Ghesquière’s Pre-fall 2019 Collection is a stylish symphony of his bestselling pieces and a sneak preview of his upcoming collection (and needless to say, artistic vision) for the maison.
Two contrasting sensibilities encompass the Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2019 Collection: urban street style and countryside chic. On one hand we see sleek, streamlined tailoring juxtaposed with bucolic silhouettes, and on the other, an eccentric mishmash of colours, florals, checks, and fabrics that you’d never imagine would look good together.
It proposes a fresh take on how a glamorous woman, in this day and age, should dress herself. From eyewear to footwear, the 48-year-old French designer presented a megawatt capsule collection that’s anything but boring.
Ghesquière, known for his sci-fi, futuristic style, showcased sunglasses in exaggerated rims and temples. Lenses in various tints were shaped to look like an outer space accessory.
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A high contrast of masculine and feminine styles makes up this ‘in-between’ collection. Delicate florals are printed on earthy colours, and tartan checks are stitched together with leather. Also evident are edgy clashes of graphic motifs and rural prints on blouses, while asymmetrical shapes blend with cinched silhouettes. Standout pieces include oversized bell sleeves under an elaborate cape cover and carrot-shaped trousers. It’s outrageously fun!
Enduring icons of the brand are modernised in this capsule collection. In what Ghesquière labels as “inversions” of styles, LV’s signature bags like the Cannes, City Steamer, Duffle, Petite Boite Chapeau, and Petite Malle handbags are reimagined. Not only does each bag offer a variety of carry options, but a number of them have lively animal prints etched on blown up versions of the Monogram canvas, while clashing florals on florals are layered dramatically on the bags’ new shapes. They even have a bumbag version of the Dauphine, how contemporary! Our top pick is the Toupie, a top-shaped handbag with two golden zips and accented with a beaded tassel. It’s playful, it’s unconventional, it’s a great conversation starter.
From the sporty Archlight sneakers to tomboyish cowboy boots to the sensual patent leather thigh-high boots, there is a myriad new shoes you’ll love. Lux materials that include suede, leather, and stretch vinyl, with Louis Vuitton’s historic canvas, were emblazoned on the new footwear. Watch out for the silver sequin boots; get them before they sell out.