Wonderland.

PFW: LOUIS VUITTON SS18

Nicolas Ghesquière ticks all the boxes, debuting a collision of 18th century aristocracy and Netflix phenomenons.

The 18th Century Sentimentality

No one is quite certain whether or not Marie Antoinette ever actually said, “let them eat cake,” but Ghesquière’s foray into the menswear of her time is more delectable than even the sumptuous brioche that any 18th century patisserie would’ve offered anyway. Making a case for historical costuming as streetwear, the elaborately ornamented jackets and vests that stormed down the runway take us back to a time before men’s fashion succumbed to smart-casual dress codes and humdrum suits in sombre shades. Celebrating a period when flamboyancy and ostentation was the look du jour, Nicolas’ revival of these embroidered coats within the context of womenswear makes us ask a very important question: do we want to gorge on lavish cakes, or should we be saving up our pennies for these inevitably expensive outerwear options for next season?

Sneaker Stomp

And so the ugly trainer trend lives to see another season… It actually seems as though designers are competing with each other to see who can create the most outrageous shoe, and it looks like Nicolas just trumped Gvasalia’s AW17 offering for Balenciaga. Exaggerated tongues, soles so chunky they rival creepers, and curvaceous detailing: yes, boys, these trainers have been doing their squats and they are thick. That being said, these are not the shoes to be doing your workout in. Rather, they must be paired with a touch of opulence and PVC trousers for a v. casual daytime look.

Buy Now Pieces

Hello, Stranger Things tee. Yes, we see you. Get in our wardrobes now. Despite the vast array of clothing, that undoubtedly took hours upon hours of expertise work to create, shown on Ghesquière’s runway, we predict that the most covetable piece in the collection will be the designer’s most modest offering: a T-shirt. Pop culture references on point, his Stranger Things tee layered over a balloon sleeve blouse teased an audience eagerly awaiting the release of the show’s second season come Halloween.

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Olive Pometsey
PFW: LOUIS VUITTON SS18

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