Welcome to the Starship Enterprise – except substitute “ship” for “shop”. Nicolas Ghesquière’s spring collection for Louis Vuitton had a distinctly space-age vibe, with girls appearing rocket-ready in a series of looks that conformed to the designer’s precise, futuristic vision – but with a soupçon of the Eighties thrown in. Back to the Future, then – but filled with killer accessories and intergalactic party dresses to furnish the front row (Cate Blanchett, Alicia Vikander, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner) with a raft of left-field red carpet options come awards season. Here’s Vogue’s five things to know about the Louis Vuitton spring show.
The set was Star-Wars-meets-The-Office
Guests sat on white metal benches in long glass corridors facing in on the fountain at the Louvre’s Cour Carrée courtyard. Left to admire a set as streamlined and functional as the Enterprise interior, show-goers were plunged into darkness and silence, with fluorescent office lights and a thumping soundtrack slowly kicking in, section by section, as the models began to walk.
There was a distinctly sci-fi theme
Intergalactic asteroid prints, T-shirt dresses depicting a branded LV space shuttle launch pad, thin metal hoop-belts (very Star Trek), sequin fishnet mini dresses with ballooning NASA space suit sleeves (stay with me here), space age metallics and a couple of hats that looked like Darth Vader on a good day (they were white, not black): all conspired to infuse the spring collection with a Sci-Fi flavor.
There were Easter egg and flying saucer bags
The minaudière morphed into a monogrammed Easter egg for spring, as well as a series of flying saucer-shaped crocodile pouches slung across the body on long metallic chains. Also notable were mini briefcases and doctor bags, as well as portfolio bags, all with metal-protected corners and in the LV monogram.
But don’t overlook the ’80s
Not to be outdone, fashion’s favorite decade made its presence felt via bubble perms (see look 19 for our favorite, side-parted iteration) and a Memphis-era sprinkle pattern enlivened with bright brush strokes in primary colors. Also playing to type were the blouson jackets with strong shoulders and even jazzier lapels, high-waisted trousers in colorways that would have tempted Tom Hanks in his Big era, and cap-sleeved T-shirts.
Every girl wore lace-up boots
Forget bourgeois courts or the best-selling Arclight turbo trainer of seasons past: Ghesquière is into ankle boots for spring. Every girl wore a pair that were pointed and largely patent, either buckled and with a neat conical heel, or flat and with a winkle-picker-ish vibe. It lent the clothes a practical edge – these are outfits set for an adventure, belying their probable dry-clean-only tags.
This article first appeared on Vogue.co.uk