Louis Vuitton’s Fall Parade Invites You To Remember

Louis Vuitton's Fall Parade Invites You To Remember

Scientific research declares that planning a trip, which you don’t even intend to take, rises dopamine levels in the same way as traveling. With flight restrictions in play and a population still largely unvaccinated, the very thought of venturing out of your country – hell, out of your neighborhood – can cause anxiety, so using our imaginations is all we have. Louis Vuitton draws on this exact energy.
In collaboration with Fornasetti, an Italian artistic design studio founded in 1940, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière explored the rich archive of 13,000 pieces of prints and paintings as the starting point for his fall-winter 2021 collection. “As a designer who has always loved the fashion’s ability to simultaneously evoke the past, present and future, I wanted to add new layers to this creative palimpsest,” he said in the show’s notes. “Inspecting the Fornasetti Archives had the excitement of an archaeological dig, researching and finding designs from the past to give them new life for Louis Vuitton, for now and for the future.”
Contrapposto carves are printed on Speedys and juxtaposed with Ghesquière’s signature futurism in metallic gold washes. Iconic columns and marbled busts are brightly remastered as rainbow prints. The silhouettes are oversized and unrestricted – these obtuse shapes are now a familiar house code. Oversized anoraks and unrestricted tent dresses are the main players in the collection, with contrasting textures from tweed to nylon to high-tech jacquard. The bags came as literal busts, and the boots were heavy and functional, a true hallmark of the era.
While we can’t travel into the decays of ancient Greece, we can take the collection as a taste of what’s to come, a small dopamine rush to travel. After all, you can’t look ahead without accepting the past.

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