Louis Vuitton Spring Collection
Women's Collection — Spring/Summer 2013
This was the first ever Louis Vuitton collection where the monogram was nowhere to be seen; instead, the damier pattern provided the house’s signature. Squares in differing colours and textures and at varying scales gave the clothes and accessories a starkly graphic quality.
For all its crisp, clean lines and bold blankness, the collection still included the labour-intensive embellishments for which Louis Vuitton is famous. The tiniest sequins ever produced were arranged by the thousand to create fluid metallic surfaces, while slightly larger paillettes were stacked four-deep and stitched in precise grids to create geometric relief textures. ‘Tuffetage’, a technique taken from carpet-making, was embroidered on cloth and leather to create a flock-like effect. Surfaces were decorated with goose feathers, applied with painstaking care to produce a perfectly even texture and trimmed to create crisp-edged squares.
Visit the Louis Vuitton store in the Mall at Green Hills to get a look at these styles in person.
Artistic director Marc Jacobs had the image of two very different French icons of the 1960s, Françoise Hardy and Jane Birkin, in mind when creating the collection: Hardy always very covered up, Birkin always revealing plenty of flesh, but both always in long, simple clothes.
See a video of the elaborate runway show: a series of columns, descending on the elegant angle of an escalator, traversing the horizontal of the catwalk and ascending again.
Hair artist: Guido
Make up: Pat Mc Grath
Soundtrack: Music from the opera "Einstein on The Beach" by Philip Glass