NICOLAS GHESQUIÈRE invited guests to the Louvre this season, the world's most visited museum, with instructions to be prompt. The doors would open at 5:30 for a 6:30 showtime. Guests hotfooted it over fearful of a door slamming in their louis vuitton spring summer 2017 face and made their way down to the Cour Marly, in the heart of the Musée du Louvre. Ghesquière was keen to house the show here, because he considered it to be "an imposing symbol of a borderless space where culture invites everyone to embark on a journey." A journey that was full of traffic, but we made it to our seats with plenty of time. Only for the show to begin 30 minutes late. No matter. It was worth the wait.
He had been thinking about frontiers, and what they mean now in a globalised world, he wanted to break from them and "shift into an evocation of the nomadic". It meant blurring masculine with feminine, day with night, and combining the heritage of the house with the future - something Ghesquière has always strived for and delivered with excellence. This evening was no exception. American sportswear became a central theme tinged with Slavic accents, and so a cobalt blue tracksuit was elevated with kick flare trousers, and elsewhere styled with a patchwork fur coat - a genius blend.
Elsewhere houndstooth check full skirts were cut to mini lengths and cinched with antique leather belts and partnered with leather jackets, often decorated in looped skate chains, which also furnished hips on trousers.
There was plenty of pretty too, like his opening bias cut slippery silk slips and his finale floral and lace dresses in soft pastel hues, which were partnered with shearling capes. It's exactly how cool girls want to dress now. That same group sat front row singing along to Ghesquière's soundtrack - Frank Ocean's Pyramids - ultra relevant given the Louvre's structure. He doesn't miss a beat.
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