In light of today’s news that Nicolas Ghesquiere will succeed Marc Jacobs as creative director of Louis Vuitton, I found myself reflecting on Jacobs final collection for the Fashion House: Spring 2014. It was a haunting, dark collection and an unexpected departure from his most recent LV collections (which I also loved). From feathered head dresses to exaggerated shoulder silhouettes on heavily embellished jackets, Jacobs took care to portray the Vuitton Woman as a powerful warrior in every detail.
From the first look to the finish, the Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 Runway Show invoked memories of my recent time at the Burning Man Festival. For those of you who aren’t familiar, it is essentially a one week celebration of creativity, art, and music at the end of summer in the middle of an off-the-grid, remote desert in Nevada. Of course, having returned from Burning Man the night before the opening of New York Fashion Week, it seemed that every show reminded me of the festival I was both recovering from and yearning to return. But, in an interview with Vogue, Jacobs confirmed my suspicion that the art and culture of Burning Man served to inspire looks for both his own Marc Jacobs Collection and his final collection for the House of Vuitton. In particular, Jacobs remarked on the influence of “Self Expression”; one of Burning Man’s core principles of “Radical Self-Expression” is also what I find best defines the magic that happens at Burning Man.
In addition to feathers (particularly tall feather head dresses) and the monochromatic, all-black color motif, this collection utilized the Trends of texture, delicate sheer details, and heavy embellishments to tell it’s story for Spring 2014. It was dark yet delicate, masculine yet feminine, provocative yet timeless. The use of delicate sheer fabrics and paneling accentuate the beauty of the nude female frame. Sheer fabrics were used provocatively in the designs and unapologetically draw attention to the beauty of female flesh. The collection seemed to celebrate the power women derive from self-confidently loving and showing off their bodies.
Below are my favorite examples of these trends from Vogue.com coverage of the Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 Collection.
For more on the Sheer Trend, see this post covering the Prabal Gurung Spring 2014 Collection. For more from the runways of Fashion Week Spring 2014 see these posts covering Noon by Noor, Emerson, Venexiana, and Katya Leonvich.
Louis Vuitton, Spring 2014
Sheer Fabrics and Paneling
Photo Credit: Vogue.com