Nicolas Ghesquiere took the fashion crowd back to the future in his Fall 2019 show for Louis Vuitton. The future, as he sees it, is very much reminiscent of the 1980s—exagerrated frills, big shoulders, and a whole lot of layering. At first glance, these ensembles do look similar (some might argue too similar) to that of the French underground style of the said decade. But there was also modernity to them that was both unique and fascinating. Take the camel coat, for example, which since the 80s to today has been a major womenswear staple. Here, Ghesquiere added a black leather collar and fastening strap to give it a harder and slightly fetishistic edge. In fact, most of the mini-dresses with big and shapely frills looked sexually subversive themselves, as if to perpetuate a new seduction that’s seemingly familiar but altogether new. The style, however, remained indelibly French. After all, Louis Vuitton is an institution in France in of itself, and how beguiling it was to see that celebrated on the runway!
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