While Paris Fashion Week is over and done with, the physical fashion show lived on at the ArtScience Museum last week.
That’s where Louis Vuitton staged a presentation of its Spring/Summer 2021 collection, which was first showcased at Paris’ lavish La Samaritaine department store last year. The event was one of many firsts: it was the first spin-off fashion show to take place in Southeast Asia (the French brand had previously staged its menswear shows in Tokyo and Shanghai), and the first physical one in Singapore since the pandemic began last year.
The collection itself, designed by creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, wasn’t new; in the mix were oversized bomber jackets, dresses and tops with bold, graphic prints or one-word slogans like “Skate” or “Drive”, and an array of leather bags and accessories in bright green to match the runway, all of which are now available in stores to shop.
But last night’s presentation was a truly Singaporean affair, evident from the iconic venue to the local A-listers who sat on the front row. Below, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the show.
The city skyline actually turned green
Once the stars were out, several landmarks by the Singapore River were lit up in the same vibrant shade of green that coloured Louis Vuitton’s S/S 2021 bags. That includes the Louis Vuitton Island Maison, Marina Bay Sands, and of course, the ArtScience Museum, where the show was held. Inside the museum, the walls, seats and the floor were similarly covered in the same hue. No, the verdant backdrop was not a nod to Singapore’s status as a green city; instead, it created a green screen to project clips from Wim Wenders’ film, Wings of Desire, one of Ghesquière’s key inspirations for the collection, on the show’s livestream.
It rained on Louis Vuitton’s parade
It’s the kind of thing you would expect from Singapore’s vacillating weather: right before the show began, the ArtScience Museum was visited by a sudden bout of rain, which trickled down into the building through the Rain Oculus sky well. The spill was hurriedly mopped away, and guests were given umbrellas. Still, the show wasn’t without its mishaps: one model slipped during her catwalk. We’re sure she would have appreciated a pair of Louis Vuitton Rain boots right about then.
Homegrown models walked the show
The casting of the fashion show was distinctively local, featuring a slew of Singaporean models. That includes Kaigin Yong, who previously hit the runway for brands like Yohji Yamamoto and Viktor & Rolf at Paris Fashion Week. Last night, the 25-year-old had the honour of opening and closing the show. Another rising model that was spotted in the line-up was Diya Prabhakar, who has fronted campaigns by Prabal Gurung and modelled for Marine Serre.
Singapore’s style stars sat on the front row
Besides local celebrities like Rebecca Lim and Joanne Peh, the VIPs of last night’s spectacle included our very own fashion-forward set, such as Mae Tan, Iman Fandi Ahmad, Savina Chai and Yoyo Cao. Naturally, all of them were dressed in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton, including full looks from the S/S 2021 collection. Mae flaunted the new Coussin bag — one of our favourite bags of the season — while Savina had her followers choose from one of five outfits for her to wear to the event.
Louis Vuitton previewed its summer capsule
While the first half of the show reprised looks from the French luxury brand’s S/S 2021 ready-to-wear collection, the latter half debuted looks from its new Summer 2021 capsule, dubbed “Summer By The Pool”. Featuring swimsuits, tote bags, sneakers, slides and other breezy essentials that are perfect for the beach, these vacation-friendly pieces came with with floral motifs, embroidery and Louis Vuitton’s new Monogram gradient in sunset and oceanic hues.
(Main and featured image: Louis Vuitton)
This story first appeared in Lifestyle Asia Singapore.