October 5, 2011

The Carousel of the Louis Vuitton Fashion

October 5, 2011. The date I circled in the calendar as the exceptional day I attended one of the most spectacular/seductive/grandiose défilés I’ve ever been to: Louis Vuitton SS 2012.

Early in the morning, accessories specialist, Ingrid Chua Go –www.thebaghagdiaries.com – and myself hanged around in front of the mirror for a while. Well, not as long as we wanted (in my case needed). We couldn’t afford to miss the show, because Marc Jacobs waits for nobody. And we found that out at our own expense two seasons ago.

Invitation in my purse. Double-Checked! Camera adjusted. Double-Checked! Press release on my seat! Double-Checked! All I was left to do was to put my hands on my knees and patiently wait like a schoolgirl for the impressive circular curtain of Carrousel du Louvre to go up.

The same anxiousness was also displayed by the occupants of the first row seats: Uma Thurman, Nicole Richie, Rachel Zoe or Bryan Grey-Yambao www.bryanboy.com, sitting next to the Princess of Thailand, Siriwanwaree.

As expected, the situation repeated itself. At 10:30 sharp, the curtain was removed like you do a wrapping and artistically revealed an astonishing construct only a grand fashion house could have the required logistic and financial means to set on stage.

The voices in the audience started applauding in chorus when a proper carousel set the show in motion. Mounted on spotless horses, the bags in sight, the Vuitton models looked like full-size porcelain dolls. The light delicate makeup and the tiara headdresses came to finish up the laser-cut dresses outlining flower petals. Spangled and crystal-adorned, they were also displayed in 3D format, turning into the “English Embroidery”, as Maison Vuittonloves calling it. At odds with the firm structure of the tweed jackets or the midi skirts, soft feathers in a discreet flutter achieved a flawless stylistic polyphony.

As if a centrifugal force had drawn them to the photographers, the models dismounted their horses one at a time, walking their outfits in a full rotation so that each and every of the guests had the chance of a perfect view of the splendid clothing constructs.

The accessories were totally sublime. Nothing can ever parallel the painstaking work of 300 hours and 12,500 pieces of eggshell – the ingredients of a Minaudière purse monogram – but for the meticulousness of a couturier. In dusty soft macaroon colors, crocodile leather pumps, organza umbrellas embroidered with the famous monogram, pearl and quartz tiaras and necklaces, not to mention the “Basket Bags”, have already portended the smash of the season.

Marc came out at the end of the show to take the credit for the massive handclapping addressed to him. It’s been a while since I last saw such sophistication in a collection and such adulation for a designer.

We don’t know yet whether Marc is going to become the new brains of the Dior House, as the connoisseurs never stop whispering, but this collection may have successfully passed for one of them. Anyways, to LV, anythingJacobs lays his hands on instantly turns into cash flow, flowing and adding to the corporate bank accounts. So, no matter if the designer’s departure takes place or not, either to Dior or to LV, the money doesn’t leave the house, because the Dior group is the majority shareholder of LVMH (the company owning Louis Vuitton).

Spectacular invitation: LV luggage tag. This is actually  very smart invitation of renewing not your wardrobe, but your suitcases.

Now that I received a new tag, I  have to buy a new luggage. Especially that inside it has an inscription with my name. 

Waiting patiently like a schoolgirl, with my hands on my knees, for the impressive circular curtain of Carrousel du Louvre to go up and reveal the mystery. 

 

With Ingrid Chua Go 

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