What was Marc Jacobs‘ source of inspiration for the latest Louis Vuitton spring 2013 collection? It seems that the starting point was ‘Les Deux Plateaux,’ a work by artist Daniel Buren consisting of 260 columns of three different heights arranged in a grid, which has been in Paris’ Palais Royal since 1986. “After the romance of the train and storytelling, this felt like something very powerful without telling a story. I was like, yeah, let’s have a grid,” the famous designer said. “For me, this show is about purity, about how something simple can be very comforting.”
Models walk down the runway in pairs, flaunting beautiful 60s-inspired silhouettes. “I can’t seem to avoid a reference when I design,” Jacobs said after the show, “But it wasn’t meant to be 60s. The beehive hair probably aided that”. As for the legendary LV monogram? “I didn’t want to do the LV monogram for once,” said the designer, “so I used the LV Damier squares instead”.
So, without the renowned monogram, the new Louis Vuitton spring 2013 collection features checks, flowers, and grids. “I wanted to get away from storytelling and do something very mathematical and geometric,” said Jacobs backstage after the show. There were some amazing contrasts catching everyone’s attention…Black and white, vibrant hues and nudes, ground-skimming and mini skirts and dresses, it was an interesting game that bewitched the audience. There were also geometric motifs but also lovely floral embroideries, and eye-catching sequins. The looks were completed by pointy-toe pumps with flat bows and chunky heels and handbags without the LV logo.
Well, it seems that the pairing of mini and maxi dresses was inspired by the contrasting 60s beauties Françoise Hardy and Jane Birkin. At least this is what Marc Jacobs said. “Hardy was always covered up, Birkin always revealing plenty of flesh, but both always in simple clothes,” the designer explained.
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