Paris Fashion Week: Louis Vuitton's fetish ball
Marc Jacobs threw himself a fetish ball on Wednesday morning, complete with working elevators front and center to bring models up to the runway from the backstage below.
It made for an eyeful of earthy delights at the early hour of 10 a.m. -- crocodile handcuffs, headbands with harlequin masks, patent leather corset belts and Peter Pan collars.
There was an outfit and accessory for every fantasy: the bodacious bellhop (uniform-like suits and LV monogrammed caps), the French maid (tweedy black dress and an ostrich feather duster), the school girl ("conversational" silk crepe dresses in whimsical stiletto and mask prints and strappy Mary Janes), even the dominatrix, starring none other than Kate Moss in hot pants, sucking on a cigarette.
Besides working with the finest furs and silks, Jacobs also played with unusual materials, just like he did with his namesake collection in New York. Who else would do a black rubber lace dress? It actually looked great. So did a green clipped Mongolian lamb jacket with a "car paint" bodice. and a glossy red "python" pailette skirt the color of lipgloss.
It all made for a fun romp around the runway. And Jacobs could be onto something. Luxury fetish clothes and sex toys are probably a growth market.
-- Booth Moore in Paris
Photos: Looks from the Louis Vuitton fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.