For Fall/Winter 2013-2014, the focus of the collection is on the luxurious quality and treatment of the materials produced by the savoir-faire of Louis Vuitton ateliers. The house’s Monogram and Damier canvas are nowhere to be seen on the catwalk; instead, its three iconic bag shapes have been realized in supple fabrications and softer constructions to emphasise their more sensuous and feminine aspects.
The Pochette Accessoires, the Lockit and the Speedy boast resplendent textures such as marabou, curled goose feather and waxed crocodile. The mink Speedys have handles carved in exotic, aromatic woods that have been antiqued by hand; the handles on the python bags are made from horn; and the signature metal chain on the Pochette Accessoire has been adorned with precious stones.
Similarly with the ready to wear: the strength of its appeal lies not in a graphic or logo but in the seduction of the surface treatments. The entire collection has a touch of une robe de chambre, an attitude of getting dressed up only to find the most glamorous destination is one’s own hotel room.
Fabrics and structures derived from menswear have been rendered more feminine through their fabrication. From marabou linings to feather embroidery to dégradé effects, the embellishments are decadent indulgences redolent of the boudoir.
Images via Louis Vuitton