A transatlantic crossing from Sixties’ Paris to present-day New York was the inspiration for Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2014 Women’s and Men’s shoe collections.
On board the legendary liner Le France is an enticing array of options for women, from the extravagance of gold ayers leather and ostrich feathers for evening, through timelessly elegant high-heeled pumps and directional wedges or peep-toe ankle boots, to relaxed flat sandals and sneakers, perfect for a stroll on deck. To even the simplest styles, Louis Vuitton brings a spirit of refinement in both materials and details: python, glossy glazed calf and velvety suede baby goat leather are complemented by, for instance, a graphic buckle, a hand-tied bow, or a patchwork of studs. Signatures are subtle yet recognizable – a discreet golden plaque, tone-on-tone Damier cubes or Monogram flower cut-outs – while the colour palette balances bold accents of nautical blue and red with pastel tones.
The statement of the season is the new pointed-toe pump, eternally elegant yet unmistakeably modern with its sleek lines, straight stiletto heel and slender golden plaque which follows the curved back of the shoe. It comes in two heel heights (10.5 cm / 4.2 inches and 8 cm / 3.2 inches) and three different materials: luxe python (for the highest version only), glazed calf leather in intense summer shades, and silk printed with the iconic leopard pattern created for Louis Vuitton by Stephen Sprouse. For day or night or both, for business or pleasure, this is the shoe for spring, summer and beyond.
For men, too, the Paris-New York crossing opens new sartorial perspectives. Boarding Le France in Paris is a dandy with a penchant for elegant retro touches, including guilloché metal finishes inspired by cigarette lighters or watch straps, gaiter details, patinated leather and natural soling. Disembarking in contemporary New York, he favours bold contrasts of colour, technical details and – in a reference to the collection’s nautical inspiration – knots, rope and tricolour ribbons.
Images via Louis Vuitton