Nicolas Ghesquiére tore us away from the dreary present and took us into the regal Golden Age for the fashion house’s Fornasetti-inspired AW21.

For what feels like an eternity, we’ve been dreaming about venturing out of the country and bathing underneath the scorching sun. But with lockdowns, pandemics and a crisis at nearly every border, plans have been crushed for over a year and our minds were left to wonder for what could have been. For Nicolas Ghesquiére, his mind stretched not to other countries and beaches, but back in time. Passing the swinging sixties and disco-fuelled 80s, the creative director landed in the Golden Age and journeyed through exquisite art, fanciful engravings and enlightening conquests. Returning to the future, the creative knew what needed to be done, and delivered a collection that pulled on the age of early seduction and age-old principles.

Bringing the new age into the future, Louis Vuttion’s Women’s collection explores the creative wealth of the Fornasetti atelier, bringing their delicate hand-drawn imagery to the centre stage and merging it with Ghesquiére’s contemporary and sensual designs. Held underneath the paintings of renaissance architect and painter Michelangelo at the Lourve, the show was adorned with an array of Greek and Roman sculptures, acting as a gateway into the past. With the show kicking off to a new Daft Punk soundtrack, models made their way down the runway, drenched in regal oversized outerwear, structured leather jackets and decorative art-worthy fleeces. Rich in embroidery and imagery, the collection was all about layering, as hoodies covered lemon tulle dresses and drop-waisted flapper dress emerged from thick knitted jumpers.

With sportswear back on our radars, Ghesquiére incorporated this into his collection as a way to break up the show, with bold vibrant colours and technical fabrics making a loud appearance in-between looks.

“With this collaboration, I wanted to use the pieces to evoke the continuing modernity of Fornasetti’s artistic world,” says Nicolas Ghesquiére. “Fornasetti’s enduring body of work is the realisation of a remarkable hand-drawn technique and magical take on the world, and I am particularly drawn to the way Fornasetti re-explored and reworked the heritage of classicism and Ancient Rome, adding new references to historical imagery.“

Soon to be followed by a wider Louis Vuitton-Fornasetti capsule collection, the show gave us a glimpse into what we can expect, as Louis Vuitton draws on Fornasetti’s motifs for a reinvention of the Cannes Bag, transforming it to beautifully crafted architectural-inspired creation adorned in striking metallic leather and imagery of iconic statues.

With the show ending underneath the watchful eye of various ancient-old sculptures, we were left with a newfound urge to venture in the past.