Louis Vuitton takes on the iconic Parisian fashion in their Autumn/Winter 2023 Women’s Show
Parisian is known for its distinct take on the marriage of modern and classic pieces done with ease. It’s the style that continues to be a puzzle to those who live outside the system and it never fails to leave an impression on the fashion world.
It’s what caught the attention of Louis Vuitton’s creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière, when he was conceptualizing the underlying theme of the Autumn/Winter womenswear collection. He explored the staple silhouettes of every woman’s wardrobe but in true Ghesquière fashion, the creative director incorporated his usual affinity for the oversized and structured in a subtle manner.
Introduction to Parisian
Think of a cup of coffee at the nearby cafe down the street with the first half of the collection. The relaxing vibe of the mornings in Paris were introduced as essential wardrobe pieces such as coats, coordinates, and slip dresses in textured materials were finished with a light neutral palette. And while other pieces had a rather unique construction to it like the structured sleeves on the dress or puffed up sleeves of the knit underneath the dress. It’s almost as if Ghesquière was presenting the French style with a light note before moving towards the avant-garde.
A styling detail that is much loved in the city of love was their combination of socks and pumps. Although the usual pairing of these are the classic Mary Jane shoes, Louis Vuitton interpreted it with pointed toe heels with a shiny finish and a pair white cotton socks—making it fitting for a casual look for the day.
Afternoon by the Seine
The French tend to find the most unique piece amidst the aisles of clothes and they turn into an everyday fashion, we see this happen at the second round of ensembles of the collection. An earthy and edgy tone makes its way down the runway finished in patterned textiles on contrasting hues. Leather, knits, and puffer materials were also incorporated. To balance out the ornateness of the ensembles, suit coordinates and coats were presented in various shades of beige.
A tiny nationalist detail was also incorporated in the ensembles. The country’s flag was added by the hem of the coats and knits while the colors of the flag were added in their gloves, redefined signature bags, as well as the patterned pieces.
Paris at night
It’s no secret that the French love drama and mystery when it comes to the realm of love. Always searching for a new interest at night with their smokey eyes and red lips, it’s an unspoken culture they love to partake in. Contemporary pieces make their appearance at night and we see the iteration of it as the collection nears the end. A darker palette took over like gray hues and black finished in leather, velvet, and textured knits while oversized coats were done with such simplicity. A balanced mixture of what is timeless and trendy.
Spirit of Romani
Ghesquière ends the collection with a distinct style of the Romani or Gypsies, a group of people back then who wandered freely. Their fashion consisted of unique patterns and accessories which most would often refer to as bohemian. We see this style in a modern point of view when different patterns, prints, and textures collide in the ensembles to create a striking yet elegant look. Most of the pieces were finished with a subtle shine and colors had a low-key muted tone to it—all were integrated but the silhouettes remained in the field of the classics.
To close the show, actress-model Jung Hoyeon walked down the runway in a structured dress that had white flowers embossed on the black leather. The piece that perfectly tied the timeless and contemporary in Louis Vuitton’s Autumn/Winter 2023 collection.