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The Louis Vuitton extravaganza at Paris Fashion Week made for a fittingly dramatic finale to a month of shows, as an A-List crowd descended on the Louvre to celebrate 200 years since the birth of the eponymous designer.
Nicolas Ghesquière, the brand’s creative director, mined the archive for a selection of fantastical looks, which embraced a historical theatricality.
‘I like the figure of a vampire who travels through the ages, adapting to dress codes of the era,’ he said in the pre-show press release.
Phoebe Dynevor, Catherine Deneuve and Alicia Vikander sat front row to watch sweeping capes, beaded flapper dresses and tail coats worn with skinny jeans swish down the runway.
The show itself took place on the Passage Richelieu which, as legend has it, was used by Louis Vuitton for his meetings with Empress Eugénie, for whom he was the exclusive trunk maker.
Not even an Extinction Rebellion protester, who stormed the catwalk in the middle of the show, could dim the excitement.
The woman, who wielded a banner printed with ‘Overconsumption = Extinction’, was swiftly removed from the catwalk.
By the end of the spectacle, the audience were only reminded of the interruption by the security guard who accompanied Ghesquière as he took his bow.
Louis Vuitton has a committed sustainability programme, and released an eco-friendly line earlier this year, which reimagined three of the brand’s most iconic pieces in sustainable, recycled materials.
The brand is well on the way to its goal of reaching 100 per cent responsibly-sourced raw materials by 2025.
All in all, the brand’s SS22 show was a reminder of everything in which Louis Vuitton excels: a merging of distant and recent fashion history in a high-octane, high-glamour setting.
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