Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2024. Story by Eleonora de Gray, Editor-in-Chief of RUNWAY MAGAZINE. Photo Courtesy: Louis Vuitton.
In the heart of the City of Light, against the iconic backdrop of the Champs-Élysées, Nicolas Ghesquière unveiled a mesmerizing tribute to quintessential Parisian fashion during the Women’s Spring-Summer 2024 Show. The collection was a fusion of vintage style codes and contemporary audacity, resulting in a breathtaking journey through the realms of French elegance.
The choice of the Champs-Élysées as the show’s venue, in lieu of traditional museum settings, symbolized Ghesquière’s own romance with travel and the enigmatic experiences it brings. It was a bold move that set the stage for what was to come.
As the first models graced the runway, the custom-built hot air balloon interior designed by James Chinlund transported us into a world where the mundane gave way to the extraordinary. Ghesquière’s signature couture craftsmanship was evident, yet these creations were designed to be as light as a summer breeze.
The collection opened with flowing skirts crafted from layers of mousseline and charmeuse, juxtaposed with bomber jackets and silk blouses exuding an effortless grace. The hip-slung leather belt added an unexpected touch to the silhouettes, showcasing Ghesquière’s innovative vision.
The off-the-shoulder corseted tops, created by Vuitton’s bespoke Atelier Rare et Exceptionnel, paired with high-waisted tapering pants and suspenders, epitomized a sense of timeless chic. A sail-like shirt trailing a wispy train beneath a black A-line skirt demonstrated the collection’s juxtaposition of tradition and modernity.
However, it was the jackets towards the finale that truly stole the show. The meticulous craftsmanship, apparent upon close inspection, transformed what seemed like tweed bouclé into a finer material with a subtly ruffled texture. “Extraordinary” is an apt description for these pieces, as they showcased the boundary-pushing artistry that defines Louis Vuitton.
Nicolas Ghesquière’s Spring-Summer 2024 Ready-to-Wear Collection is nothing short of a poetic journey through the realms of fashion. It effortlessly marries nostalgia with innovation, paying homage to French elegance while pushing the boundaries of design.