Paris Fashion Week: At Louis Vuitton, a reason to slow down
A feminine vision of the divine was apparent in Marc Jacobs' Louis Vuitton collection titled, "And God created woman." Set around a romantic fountain near the Louvre, the show's starting point was Vuitton’s streamlined Speedy bag: a duffel shape created in 1930 "to meet the demands of a new era of ever-accelerating travel," according to the show notes.
Jacobs flattened the iconic style, covered it in sequins and lace, and stretched it "from East to West." The result was a range of elegant, structured bags worn with retro-ladylike clothes that seemed to paid homage to the feminine, and the heyday of haute couture.
It was a story that Jacobs started telling three weeks ago in New York at his namesake show, which was also sweetly nostalgic. Here, he mined the past again, with 1950s fit-and-flare dresses or pleated skirts topped with pinstripe wool corsets, hourglass-shaped jackets with crystal buttons or girlish sweaters.
It was a way of saying that today, true luxury is not always looking for the fastest and newest. It's taking the time to enjoy quality and craftsmanship.
-- Booth Moore in Paris
Photos: Louis Vuitton's fall 2010 runway in Paris. Credit: Peter Stigter & Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times