Louis Vuitton Summer 2014 Collection

Summer 2014 at Louis Vuitton is a festival of perfect pastels and sweet sorbet shades recalling Slim Aarons’ seductive images of the international jet set in the Sixties and Seventies. Quietly and coolly sophisticated, this is a collection that will stand out on the beach by day and, come the evening, by the pool for cocktails.

For an afternoon by the sea, the season’s essential tote comes in natural linen and cotton canvas with pastel leather trim, or else in Damier Azur. Both versions are printed with the heritage Articles de Voyage signature, and the natural canvas tote is lined with Summer 2014’s tropical flower print.

Sized up or down, in coral, pale yellow or both, this pattern also covers a cotton pareo, a silk square, a beach towel and, naturally, the glamorous zip-front swimsuit or bandeau bikini in which Louis Vuitton’s sophisticate takes her place in the sun.

As cocktail hour approaches, she slips out of her relaxed beach cover-up or crisp cotton shorts into something a little more formal – a fluid viscose floral-print dress, perhaps, or a baby-doll style as blue as the cloudless sky. She swaps her espadrilles for a pair of high-heeled wedges, but keeps the laid-back spirit of denim printed with the Articles de Voyage motif.

For evening, Louis Vuitton’s classic Epi leather in sunset shades of lilac, yellow, pink and coral dresses the neat Louise bag with its tone-on-tone LV initials clasp. Slung across the body on its slender strap, the Louise is casual and carefree. With the strap removed, it transforms into a chic clutch. Matched with strappy flat or wedge- heeled sandals in coral or pale yellow calfskin, the iconic Neverfull in Epi leather epitomizes the mood of easy, breezy elegance that infuses this Summer 2014 collection.