Louis Vuitton saved the best for last at Paris Fashion Week, bringing the event to a close with a choral spectacle that spanned the history of fashion inside the Cour Carrée du Louvre.
Production designers La Mode en Images and Oscar-winning costume designer Milena Canonero – who worked with Stanley Kubrick on A Clockwork Orange and The Shining, and Wes Anderson on The Grand Budapest Hotel, among others – helped bring the event to life. They installed a living ‘wall’ of 200 choral singers, dressed in costumes spanning the 15th century to the 1950s for Nicolas Ghesquière’s show, dubbed ‘Clash of times’.
Says the creative director: ‘The notion of time is paramount in fashion. I wanted eras to be able to look at another, ours.’
The choir performed from an illuminated ‘lightbox’ pavilion, as models stalked down a black parquet runway dressed in Ghesquière’s designs, inspired by the mix of eras. Frilled 1950s style petticoat skirts were paired with leather biker jackets, renaissance inspired embroidered coats, zipped pants and mini totes. Even the classic Keepall bag was given a refresh.