Space invaders

Louis Vuitton SS19
Fashion | 3 October 2018

Those familiar with the history of the house of Louis Vuitton will know that the luxury Parisian brand began life as a maker of fine luggage. Its eponymous founder created travel cases for society’s well-to-do, and that preoccupation with wanderlust is what present creative director Nicolas Ghesquière has circled back to for SS19.

Staged in fluorescent-lit corridors lined with glass panels in the courtyard of the Louvre – looking something like a futuristic office layout – Ghesquière’s women looked as if they had just returned from a land far, far away. “The Louis Vuitton House crosses and blends territories, creating an illusion of ideal geography,” read the show notes, as models wore voluminous dresses printed with abstract botanical prints and dipped in orbital sunset colours.

Think Back to the Future in sartorial form, as 80s silhouettes were remixed with design elements that were literally out of this world. Jumpsuits with The Jetsons-style angular construction felt robust and retro, while power suit separates were paired with outer-space-print t-shirts. Not to be missed were the iconic logo-covered LV bags, moulded into alien-shaped eggs for SS19. This was Ghesquière drawing on Louis Vuitton’s past to mark the beginning of an experimental future for the label.

GALLERYCatwalk looks from this show