Her Name is Rio

Louis Vuitton Rio

At the end of last week, the fashion set travelled to Rio de Janeiro to witness Nicolas Ghesquière’s weekend presentation for Louis Vuitton Resort 2017. The Saturday spectacular was staged at the Oscar Niemeyer–designed Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, which sits atop a cliff at Guanabara Bay, providing a stunning backdrop for the designer’s third destination show.

What began as a trend among the top-tier brands, including Chanel and Dior, for choosing ever-exotic venues to reveal their resort-wear – Nicolas Ghesquière has previously shown at the former Palm Springs’ home of Bob Hope and the Place du Palais in the principality of Monaco – has now become an industry mainstay. And as clearly evidenced at Chanel’s recent show in Cuba, these far-flung locations have a significant impact on the designers’ collections.

So with Brazil playing host to the Olympic Games next month, sports references and sportswear in general were unsurprisingly in abundance on the Louis Vuitton catwalk. And the clothes were playfully colourful too, reflecting the city’s climate as well as its vibrant culture.

Louis Vuitton Rio

However, the designer didn’t forget his customer from cooler climes, and his Rio girl also showed her darker, more dramatic side.  The military inspired tailoring in a more sombre palette and monochrome all-in-ones which also made an appearance were, needless to say, among my personal favourites.

Louis Vuitton Rio

I wonder where Louis Vuitton Resort will land next?

See all the looks from the show here

Image Credits: harpersbazaar.com / vogue.com


Fashion on Film

Fashion films, or to be more precise, videos shot as part of a house’s seasonal campaign, can, in my opinion, be very hit and miss.

Unlike a print campaign, where it’s the reader who largely determines the narrative, a film requires the makers to take the viewer on a journey, and often that journey can be a rather strange one – pre-Christmas adverts for perfume immediately spring to mind.

I find that very often those ‘strange’ journeys, or storylines, detract from the clothes the films are designed to promote, and not in a good way, and so it’s not unusual for me to switch off most films well before they’ve finished.

However, the video I’ve posted here, shot by Bruce Weber as part of Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2015/6 campaign, held my attention to the very end. It’s shot in black and white, which peaked my interest instantly (my love of monochrome is no secret) and the fact that it also stars model favourite of mine Freja Beha Erichsen certainly helped.  But what blue me away most, was how much the clothes stood out and took centre stage, where of course they should be.

The patterns, textures and finishes seem to just ‘pop’ from the screen, and the atmosphere created by the film, as well as  the sultry hair and makeup, give the clothes an edge which I’ve instantly fallen for.  I may be succumbing to Louis’ charms…

More like this please!

Skirting The Issue

Louis Vuitton AW15

Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2015

Winter to me means the welcome return of skirts to my wardrobe.  I’m not a bare legs girl (although I make a reluctant exception on holiday) and so when it’s cold enough for the tights and boots to come out, out come my favourite skirts.

These flippy little numbers from Louis Vuitton’s next winter collection would look super paired with a simple shirt or knit.  I love the zip and buckle details and, of course, the textures.

With spring now upon us my skirt days are currently numbered, so I’m making the most of them until the warmer weather arrives in earnest…

See all the looks from the Louis Vuitton autumn/winter 2015 collection here

Image Credits: style.com

Favourite Find

I just Arrived In Paris / Nicolas Ghesquiere

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Santa was extremely kind to me again this year, and this book was one of my favourite finds under the tree.  But as you can see, it’s no ordinary coffee table tome…

Designed by the acclaimed French duo M/M (Paris), ‘I Just Arrived In Paris’ is a collaboration between Nicolas Ghesquière and Juergen Teller, and catalogues the designer’s first season at Louis Vuitton.

The beautiful handmade box contains a selection of backstage posters and campaign prints, worthy of any wall, as well as a clutch of photographs and an accompanying text.

As an avid collector of fashion books, the unique format of this one took me by surprise, and I love the very personal feel of the presentation. I wonder whether other creatives have ever considered sharing their work in this way?

Image Credit: The Broken Arm