Nicholas Ghesquière on his Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter ’20 Women’s Fashion Show

Nicholas Ghesquière on his Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter ’20 Women’s Fashion Show

The creative director speaks about his latest collection as Paris Fashion Week 2020 comes to a close.

Remixing the past with the future, Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter ‘20 is a lesson in self-expression and individuality. Here, a rare preview into the mind of an anachronist, whose diverse influences inform a collection that celebrates the uncelebrated, and conventionalizes and unconventional.

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On … His inspiration

In fashion, the notion of time is primordial. I wanted different eras to be confronted with another one, our own. All of these “pasts”, embodied by a gallery of personalities in period dress, converge in our present. We are all together, looking at a collection that itself recounts a living, perennial, stylistic clash — and everything we can do with clothes by mixing and free-associating them. It’s sort of an anachrony of genres. It can simply be the pleasure of dressing and its many possibilities, free of protocol or constraint. Taking what we already have at home and mixing it with what we like that’s new.

On … Going “Anti-Total”

This collection is about an “anti-total-look” that draws on individual personality, on the agility one experiences when confronting one’s own closet. A piece of functional clothing can be part of formal dress and vice versa. It’s a proposition I wanted to be open, energetic and spontaneous. This collection is about sartorial “tuning”.

On … Accessorizing The Past

There’s the Keepall — a pure, vintage piece that acquired a beautiful patina over time. We just customised it with a new strap. There are also small satchels, mini-totes and strange little streamlined minaudières. Shoes also illustrate a very free rein: revisited boots, metal cap-toe pumps that evoke wheel rims on a customised car.

On … Dramatizing Sustainability

For this show, a rented glass structure covers a wood and Valchromat decor that is 100% certified PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and sourced from sustainably managed forests in France. In addition, all the wooden decor elements will be donated for reuse to various organisations in France.

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LOUIS VUITTON AUTUMN/WINTER ’20

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