Spring/Summer ’16 Collection at a Glance
“A journey to the frontiers of the digital era,” a computerized voice told visitors to the fashion show in the Frank Gehry-designed Louis Vuitton palace. The virtual parallel universe was mixed with a kind of hypercool nightclub. Nicholas Ghesquière was inspired by heroines from video games – particularly by the Minecraft community – but nevertheless dressed his models in outfits that were suited to urban spaces. An art in itself, but it’s one that he has mastered for several seasons and that he has taken to an extreme for spring/summer ’16 by quite naturally connecting the various worlds we inhabit. For Ghesquière there is no boundary between the virtual world and the real world. Lots of zips, leather waistcoats and silk jumpsuits, which could have been taken from the drawing board of the Mad Max costume department, seem almost retro on this trip to the future. The highlights: colour-blocked Bermuda shorts and bubble skirts from the ’80s, here resurrected in perfectly handcrafted white cotton poplin.
Even in summer, short skirts and trousers are worn with ankle boots and solid creepers, no matter how hot it gets outside. While your feet slowly bake, the airy net tops will help to stop the rest of you melting. Hands are adorned with leather straps bound like mitts.
Trousers and top in a wild ’80s print, worn under a brightly coloured leather jacket that looks as though it’s been sprayed with paint, and a bag to match: a mix of patterns in a class of its own.