It is tall order to follow up what I felt was one of Spring ‘13’s strongest collections. All it took was one runway show for Louis Vuitton‘s perky checkerboard patterns to set the tone for this season. But this is Marc Jacobs, after all, and the man is never at a loss for imagination. On with the new, he says. For Fall ‘13, it’s all about reinvention, and you know Marc also always gives good show. With a runway encircled by a multitude of hotel-room doors, his models slithered in and out of their “rooms” in various states of dress. Or undress, rather.
The Hotel Louis Vuitton is designed to bring out the voyeur in you. Fine by me! There’s nothing I enjoy more than getting an eyeful of the latest bags. The new Speedy has been reimagined in fur (powder-puff explosions snatched right out of the boudoir) and python (cut and layered like abstract petals). These treatments, packed with curious and touchable texture, rendered the age-old style almost unrecognizable – in a very good way, especially for those who collect.
As with the Marc Jacobs show, pants are not required for the LV woman. The slipdress is back in full lingerie form, but this time it’s more ‘40s glam than ‘90s grunge. Knit elements hark back to sexy sweater girls of the ‘50s, while showgirl plumage makes a fine contrast against menswear plaid coats. Again, Marc does away with that old-fashioned notion of getting fully dressed. Who needs to, when your satin tap shorts, feminine smoking robes, and fur coats are this worthy of showing off?