Louis Vuitton goes whimsical this winter. The luxury label offers a collection not just inspired by its much endorsed travel philosophy but traverses into the realms of fantasy with its latest fall collection. The garments spin tales in silk and skins, leather and even furs. The collection not only inspires to travel but also takes inspiration from travellers’ experiences, starting from Kim Jones herself. The brand’s men’s studio and style director, not only has tales of Bhutan to boast of but a big hand in commissioning artists Jake and Dinos Chapman to unravel the mystery of the Himalayas in their designs.
The Turner Prize–nominated Chapman brothers succeed in applying their trademark style of eccentric yet engaging visual narratives interlaced with cultural references into the collection. The British duo went back in time, creatively speaking, to render a modern day interpretation of the French baroque for this floral fall. The fashion expedition down design memory lane has resulted in creations that are bold and colorful, with silk-and-cashmere suits, coats, and accessories. Animals stand out poignantly in the ready-to-wear range, which features snow leopards in bow ties or teddy bears in velvet evening slippers.
Besides being present in the imaginative imagery, creatures of the wild feature in a large way through a range of skins and furs. Astrakhan, shearling, beaver, fox, and reindeer come discreetly tucked inside the linings of coats and bags. Subtle hints of mink fur sit sewn atop a topcoat in the shape of a leopard’s spots. A needle-punching jacquard technique developed exclusively for the collection punctuates most items with traces and trimmings of animal elements. Prices range from $155 for a pocket square to around $20,000 for a travel case, the latter also assuming a fantastical form with fanciful creatures embroidered onto red leather for the modern explorer.
[Via – Robbreport]