Come as you are- unless it’s boring. That’s what we’re taking from the Louis Vuitton SS19 that showcased pieces playing with shapes, patterns and cuts with the utmost simplicity and without compromising on elegance.
Divided in 3 categories we have identified as Abstract Alert, Geometry Heaven and Clean slate.
In this segment, the 80s inspiration is seen through the use of colours, co-ordinations and prints often put together in each look and create an exaggerated and almost overwhelming results. Our attention is retained by the little details such as the continuity seen in the the colours of the first look, the harsh breakdown that is added by the khaki jacket in look 2 and the cut of the dress in look 3. As a viewer you keep watching because you just want to understand where it all begins and ends(!?) but as the outfit orchestrator (what’s the correct term?) you get all the points for strategically pulling together an outfit that is least likely to be imitated. Win, win, win, win.
The Geometry love to me is an ode to the 80s (cause, continuity), french dress making and savoir-faire (cause, heritage) and a futuristic fantasy (maybe from the 80s obsession with the future- we’ve all seen a film or 2). This is a promising theme to explore because nothing predictable can ever come from drawing inspirations from traceable archives of the past and one’s perception on the “future.” Among the details that particularly caught my eye in this collection are the exaggerated astronaut inspired sleeves and how far this theme was pushed to create a subtle presence of the theme in Look 1 while making it obvious in Look 2. Look 3 is the actual embodiment of precision bliss.
This segment that I’m calling “clean slate” is a personal favourite mainly because of its gender neutrality. Most days, I don’t want to look like I tried too much and some days, I don’t even try at all. These “comfort over everything without compromising on the way I look” kind of looks win my heart every single time. Buckle boots, and an oversized white coat is the way to go and see how you are effortlessly rocking a monochrome look? Simples. Time to invest in some turtle necks, call your tailor to look at those trousers (get your tailor to be your bff, trust it goes a long way), get your leather jacket out, buckle belt and buckle boots out and you are ready to look approachable and put together at least until 10 am. Then the future’s all in your hands again.
All in all, this is a collection that felt very eclectic while sticking to the theme and creating a continuity from beginning to end. A collection you can always pull out years from now and still find something to get inspired from.
Complete collection below:
ph: Fashion Network