Louis Vuitton was hands down the host with the most during the Paris shows, having thrown two cool soirées, one to look back at its esteemed history with a new exhibition tracing the house's journey from humble roots as luggage maker to serious fashion powerhouse, and the second co-hosted by Edun founder Ali Hewson and husband Bono to celebrate 'Africa Rising', an exhibit of leading artists from the continent.
So the Spring 2011 show was always going to be the house's final trump card. Forewarned is forearmed so they say, and as we read a quote from Susan Sontag's famous essay, 'the relation between boredom and camp taste cannot be overestimated' which was left on our seats at the Louis Vuitton Spring 2011 show, we knew that the last thing we'd be was bored.
As the catwalk's velvet curtains were drawn to reveal a second pair of sparkling tiger striped ones, framing a kitsch backdrop of stuffed tigers, we were immediately transported to a world of oriental excess, as models glided by in silk mandarin collared cheongsam dresses slit to the thigh, orchid print trouser suits and beaded fringe flapper style dresses. With a taste of the 1970's decadent disco scene, the dominant colours were deep jewel tones mixed with gold as seen in a group of gorgeous glittering, slinky mesh dresses with wide sequin cummerbunds. Groups of models holding delicate lace fans wore transparent lace skirts with chiffon deep V tops or Chinese waistcoats accessorised with silk fringe earrings, ankle strap stiletto sandals and jewelled or embroidered clutches.
The final looks featured a circus like parade of tiger striped dresses, a panda print tunic top and ubermodel Kristin McMenamy with zebra stripe painted bodysuit and black satin tux trousers. Merci beaucoup Marc, for a truly compelling end to Paris Fashion Week.
- Charlie Miller in Paris