Louis Vuitton - spring 2013

Escalating the Damier Ebene

Known for his extravagant runway productions, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton took a different route than last ready to wear season, when he brought a full-sized locomotive indoors for his show. This season, models in pairs of two slid down functioning escalators onto a yellow checkerboard runway.

Inspired by Les Deux Plateaux the famous art installation at the Palais Royal, the chequered theme also gave nod to Vuitton’s popular Damier check. Sunshine yellow was the pop colour of the collection, contrasted by classic black and white checks, or subdued by neutral gray and taupe checks. The collection was about efficiently chic dressing, and was not meant to tell a story as last season’s show was.

“After the romance of the train and storytelling, this felt like something very powerful without telling a story,” beamed Jacobs about the show. The collection had an undoubtedly retro vibe, and silhouettes were kept to mini, midi, and maxi skirts, with the occasional crop top and square jacket to match. Round buttons, square pockets, the collection was highly geometrical, down to the triangle pointed toes on this season’s chic little Vuitton flats.

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