Monogram Canvas never gets old, this print has gone through many recessions and depressions – it’s time-tested. So please meet the new Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis Bag.
This is a beautiful bag for the busy woman. You see, it’s purposely designed like a workbag – featuring chic handle and cross-body strap that can be adjusted or removed.
The elegance is personified in the petite shape. It’s compact dimensions open up to reveal many useful pockets and compartment, that’s where the secret is.
Open the bag with the golden Louis Vuitton Trunk-Inspired Clasp, inside you will find 3 large interior compartments. These compartments are made with the thought of simplicity, so that you can find whatever you need instantly.
Surprisingly, there is also a zipped backpocket. Put your instant-essentials in there, so you can grab it within seconds.
And one more thing, take a good look at the shape. Isn’t beautiful?
Measuring ‘9.8 x 7.5’ x 3.5’ inches priced at $1700 USD, €1290 euro, £1200 GBP, $14100 HKD $2290 AUD, ¥201960 JPY via Louis Vuitton boutiques.
A modern day reinterpretation of the classic Monceau briefcase, the Metis is a newer creation. Named after the Greek Titans, Ocean and Tethys, Metis was the first great spouse of Zeus. The Greek word Metis means a combination of wisdom and cunning which perfectly portrays this beautiful bag. A simple vachetta top handle and an adjustable Monogram canvas shoulder strap that is perfect for hands-free convenience. This adorable Pochette Metis features an exterior zip pocket, the iconic LV S-lock, and a spacious interior with several compartments.
The classic Monogram Canvas has been Louis Vuitton's trademark design since it was first introduced in 1896. The graphic symbols, including the quatrefoils and flowers, as well as the LV Monogram were used to prevent counterfeiting in the early days when it was first patented. Made of coated canvas, the Monogram's traditional look is also endured by its durability.
The exterior located canvas is clean and beautiful. The leather trim and short handle have turned a medium honey patina with some soiling to the trim flip lock and scuffing and wear to the handle. The goldtone hardware has light surface scratches. The interior lining is clean with some light signs of wear. Overall it is in great condition.
Chanel "So Black" Wallet On Chain (WOC) of aged black quilted calfskin leather and ruthenium hardware.
This WOC has a front flap with the signature Mademoiselle turnlock closure, hidden snap closure, and an interwoven ruthenium chain link with aged black leather shoulder/crossbody bag (which can be tucked in to be worn as a clutch).
The interior is lined in black fabric and black leather with top zipper pocket under the flap, a slit front pocket, a zipper compartment with leather pull, an open pocket with six credit card slots.
Condition: Pristine; store fresh condition
Accompanied by: Chanel box, COA card, retail UPC, carebook, felt
Measurements: 7.5" width x 4.8" height x 1.6" depth; 24" strap drop
There are four Chanel Wallet On Chain Bags that are considered the ‘Must Haves’. These WOCs are made in such a way that you can call them ‘timeless’.
The first two are classics – the Chanel Classic Quilted WOC and the Chanel Reissue 2.55 WOC. The last two are recently introduced, but their fame has already reached the moon – the Chanel Trendy CC WOC and the Chanel golden Class Double CC WOC.
The Chanel Reissue 2.55 WOC, also known as the Mademoiselle WOC, was released not long ago, but the idea came from the Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag and this bag doesn’t need any introduction.
The Reissue 2.55 WOC went through the same process as the Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag, but with some adjustment of course due to its smaller size.
But take a closer look – the famous Mademoiselle Lock, the leather looks like it has been worn and made from aged calfskin. With stunning chains, this bag deserves to be in your wardrobe.
Consider this bag as the smallest size in the Chanel Reissue 2.55 Line; its perfect for the evenings and you will be wearing one of the iconic. How much glam is that?
The interior is just like other WOC’s – structured and plenty of compartments for your essentials.
Style code: A80834, measuring 4.8’ x 7.6’ x 1.4’ inches, priced at $2100 USD, €1915 euro, £1620 GBP, $3060 SGD, $16100 HKD, $3100 AUD, ¥260280 JPY via Chanel boutiques.
Karl Lagerfeld went straight to the point, he said: ‘What I’ve done, Coco Chanel would never have done. She would have hated it’.
Perhaps this is the reason why, let me ask you one question:
Would Coco Chanel shrink the Chanel 2.55 Reissue Flap Bag to a mini size?
To be honest, I do not know and I do not really care, because what I am witnessing is mesmerizing and hypnotizing. So classy, so stylish, so timeless – every detail is embellished with traditional elements of the brand. Meet the Chanel 2.55 Wallet on Chain (also known as WOC). Now listen to the story:
Coco Chanel was inspired to make this bag in 1920, because she was tired of carrying her bags on her arms and wanted something to free up her hands. The thin straps were added in 1929, inspired by the soldier’s bag. The final refinement and the update version of this bag was released in February 1955, this is how the Chanel 2.55 Flap Bag got its name.
Now the iconic Chanel 2.55 is also available in the Wallet on Chain design. What a beauty!
When I said that every traditional element has been added, then I mean it. First, it’s made from aged calfskin, similar to the Chanel 2.55 Reissue Flap Bag. This leather makes this bag look like its ‘used’, a bit of vintage, which is amazing. Then what you also must admire is the mademoiselle lock, put in the center of this bag. This lock represents Coco Chanel for never getting married.
At last, what is very limited nowadays, is that this version of 2.55 WOC is in all black. The Chanel 2.55 WOC so black is very limited and will vanish from the catalogues when this season is over. When it’s gone, then no one knows when it will return.
The prices, colors and the sizes:
Chanel 2.55 Wallet on Chain is measured 4.8’ x 7.5’ x 1.6’ inches.
Style code: A69206
Price: $2,150 USD
Oh, have you checked the Chanel Reissue 2.55 So black yet?
You stare at the window, looking at the most beautiful purse you’ve ever seen. You check at the price, you can’t buy it because you need a shoulder bag, not another wallet. You walk away and wish it had a shoulder strap. But just like all beautiful things, you can’t get shake it off your head.
This is the reason why the Chanel Wallet on Chain aka WOC was born. It’s the most versatile bag you can ever own, a ‘must have’. Wear it at day, take it to shopping, brag it at school and sling it at work, walk like a model at the runway because you got a Chanel and when the sun change places with the moon, hide the shoulder strap inside your bag and transform it into an evening clutch.
Why the Chanel WOC? Unlike a clutch bag, it has enough space for all your essentials. It’s half the price of the classic flap bag, but still fully packed with Chanel traditions like the CC signature. There are enough types to choose from and available in different colors. WOC’s are well thought and structured bags, they are usually made in France and it has the quality to make you shine.
Just like all Chanel accessories, the WOCs also increase in price every year. Fortunately it doesn’t go as fast as the more expensive bags like the 2.55 reissue or the boy bags. Even if you already own one of the classic flaps, it still good to own at least one WOC.
The Chanel Wallet on Chain consist of 7 classic styles and recently 8 thanks to the ‘irresistible’ boy bag. Let’s cover all the style codes and prices:
Chanel Halfmoon WOC/Wallet on Chain
The halfmoon has a complete different style. It has the shape like the moon, which makes it stand-out and flexible. You can store more essentials as it’s roomier than all other WOCs.
UPDATE: This bag is seasonal
Style code: A40033
Size: 9.5′ x 4.5′ x 2′ (L x H x D)
Prices as per April 2014:
Price USD: 1,500 > Unknown
Price EUR: €1100 > €1270
Price GBP: £990 > £1,105
Chanel Timeless CC WOC/Wallet on Chain
The WOC timeless CC can’t get more iconic, a minimalistic shoulder bag with a large CC signature crafted on the flap. It’s true what they say: simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Style code: A48654
Size: 4.9′ x 7.5′ x 1.4′
Prices as per February 2016:
Price USD: $1500 > $1900 > $2000 (credit Renee)
Price EUR: €1260 > €1450 > €1520
Price UK: £995 > £1120
Price SGD: $2550 > Unknown
Chanel Classic Quilted WOC/Wallet on Chain
Basically the WOC Classic Quilted is nothing more than the classic flap bag got shrunk. Diamond patterns are so elegant, the little CC logo gently crafted with interwoven chain links, it’s a bag to love.
Style code: A33814
Size: 4.8′ x 7.6′ x 1.4′
Prices as per Oktober 2016:
Price USD: $2140
Price EUR: €1850
Price GBP: £1380 > £1470
Price GBP @t Heathrow: £1220
Price CAD: $2600
Price SGD: $2900
As per April 2016:
Price USD: $1775 > $2140 (credit Renee)
Price EUR: €1200 > €1450 > €1740
Price GBP: £1135 > £1260 > £1280 > £1380
Price GBP @t Heathrow: £1145
Price SGD: $3,050 (credit V)
Price AUD: $2560 (credit to CT)
Price CAD: $2300 > $2500 (credit Afsheen)
Chanel Camellia WOC/Wallet on Chain
Camellia is Chanel’s biggest secret weapon, it’s catchy and feminine. The Camellia version is the most beautiful and playful WOC, excellent for girls who want to express their soft and innocent personality. The detailed flower patterns are to-die-for.
Style code (1): A47421
Style code (2): A46502
Size: 7.5′ x 5′ x 1.5′ (L x H x D)
Prices as per February 2016:
Price USD: $1700 > $2100 (credit Sharon)
Price EUR: €1250 > €1440 > €1730
Price GBP: $£1250
Price AUD: $2560 (credit to CT)
Price CAD: $2300 > no price increase yet
Chanel Brilliant WOC/Wallet on Chain
The Brilliant is quite similar to the Classic Quilted, it has all the iconic features to make you fall in love, but the CC logo is a bit larger and the front flap is finished with a round curve.
UPDATE: This bag is seasonal
Style code: A48692
Size: 8′ x 5′ x 2′ (L x H x D)
As per 2013:
Price USD: $1,775
Chanel Sevruga WOC/Wallet on Chain
It’s clever to express your lady-like outfit with the Sevruga. Minimalistic like the WOC Timeless CC, but in a different way. It’s not a bag to brag, you are happy with a smaller CC signature on the front flap. (Everyone will know it’s Chanel anyway)
Style code: A46316
Size: 7.5′ x 5′ x 1.5′ (L x W x W)
Prices as per February 2016:
Price EUR: €1700
As per 2013:
Price USD: $1150
Price EUR: €975
Chanel Lipstick WOC/Wallet on Chain
The Chanel Lipstick is the busiest WOC you will ever encounter. Usually they come in multi-colors, it’s a statement bag but at the same time noisy. Its best worn as casual.
Size: 7.75″ x 5″ x 1.5″ (W x H x D)
As per 2013:
Price USD: $1,650
Chanel Boy WOC/Wallet on Chain
Oh boy, oh boy, where do I start? This WOC is literally the baby version of the iconic Chanel boy flap. It has the specially-made boy closure that represent the brand. With the strong refined masculine chain, you can be sure that you are ready and dressed-to-kill.
Style code: A80287
Size: 4.8′ x 7.6′ x 1.4′
Prices as per Oktober 2016:
Price USD: $2100, Stingray: $4900
Price EUR: €1850
Price GBP: £1600
Price SGD: $2950
Price HKD: $15500
Price AUD: $2950
Price JPY: ¥236520
Prices as per February 2016:
Price USD: $2400; lambskin/caviar: $2480, Stingray: $4900 (Credit Renee)
Price EUR: €1600 > €1760 > €1850
Price GBP: £1,305 GBP
Price SGD in patent: $3,000 SGD
Price CHF: 1890
As per 2013:
Price USD: $2,150
Price EUR: €1.400
Chanel Reissue 2.55 WOC/Wallet on Chain
Style code: A80834
Size: 4.8′ x 7.6′ x 1.4′ inches
Prices as per September 2016:
Price USD: $2100
Price EUR: €1915
Price GBP: £1620
Price SGD: $3060
Price HKD: $16100
Price AUD: $3100
Price JPY: ¥260280
Price CAD: $2750 before tax
Prices as per June 2016:
Price USD: $1850
Price EUR: €1260
Price CAD: $2750 before tax
Chanel Trendy CC WOC/Wallet on Chain
Style code: A80982
Size: 4.8′ x 7.6′ x 1.4′ inches
Prices as per September 2016:
Price USD: $2400
Price EUR: €2250
Price GBP: £1910
Price SGD: $3590
Price HKD: $18900
Price AUD: $3590
Price JPY: ¥306720
Generally the WOCs has a strap drop of 24″ inch. It can be worn crossbody or on your shoulder. Chanel always introduces new Wallet on Chains every season, they change leathers and colors of the classics, but sometimes they release an entire new design.
Chanel Golden Class Double CC WOC/Wallet on Chain
Style code: A80766
Size: 4.8” x 7.5” x 1.9” inches
Prices as per September 2016:
Price USD: $2500
Price EUR: €1990
Price GBP: £1690
Price SGD: $3180
Price HKD: $16700
Price AUD: $3220
Price JPY: ¥262440
Louis Vuitton is set to present its much-anticipated cruise 2017 collection at Oscar Niemeyer’s Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Despite the possibility of contracting the Zika virus, the Hollywood and fashion set don't seem too worried, as A-listers including Alicia Vikander, Catherine Deneuve, Jaden Smith, Zendaya, Doona Bae, Rainie Yang, Alessandra Ambrosio, Isabeli Fontana and Tao Okamoto are among the guests confirmed for the front row.
This is the first time the flying-saucer-shaped museum will host a fashion show. The white modernist structure is reflected in the pool's base, designed to look "like a flower," according to late artist Niemeyer. "This setting inspired me right away," said artistic director Nicolas Ghesquiere. "With the 2017 cruise collection, we’ll be discovering the vision of Oscar Niemeyer." The museum is celebrating its 20-year anniversary and will reopen soon after the LV presentation. Four Louis Vuitton-sponsored exhibitions will be shown at the museum this year.
Guests will enjoy a jam-packed itinerary, between partying and visiting Rio de Janeiro’s top spots. Post-show, guests will enjoy dinner and entertainment at the expansive mansion Parque Lage at the foot of the historical Corcovado. The morning after, guests will brunch at a private resident in Santa Teresa, which boasts an incredible view of the city. Planned activities include a privatized site (for epic Instagram photos) near the Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks the city, a helicopter tour of the city and paddle classes at Praia Vermelha. Guests are already #cloggingthefeed with posts under the hashtag #LVcruise in anticipation of the big show.
We are done with the fall 2017 fashion weeks moving from New York to London, Milan to Paris, each one of the fashion cities working like a charm and pushing forward its own vision over feminine allure and charisma. And now time is ripe to go through all the runway shows unveiled with a fine-tooth comb to identify the major shades calling the tune and to bring to your attention the 2017 color trends, using Pantone Color Institute’s fashion color report as the base, but also all the other colors utilized by the fashion houses and designers.
Update: Check out the new Spring/ Summer 2017 Color Trends!
According to Pantone, fall 2016 color palette is a unity of strength, confidence and complexity led by the Blue family and followed by earth tones and exuberant pops of vibrant colors, all of them working well to struggle against the contemporary turbulent life and to bring about a tad more tranquility and optimism around. Here are top 10 fashion colors for fall 2016 with their official appellations cherry-picked by Pantone’s leading experts and making an encouraging vast palette together with other oft-appearing shades spotted by us on the runway shows:
• Riverside – Pantone 17-4028
• Airy Blue – Pantone 14-4122
• Sharkskin – Pantone 17-3914
• Aurora Red – Pantone 18-1550
• Warm Taupe – Pantone 16-1318
• Dusty Cedar – Pantone 18-1630
• Lush Meadow – Pantone 18-5845
• Spicy Mustard – Pantone 14-0952
• Potter’s Clay – Pantone 18-1340
• Bodacious – Pantone 17-3240
The roster of the 2017 color trends is led by Riverside, a cool and calming blue that is literally stuck between serious navy blue and vibrant cobalt blue. It has some sense of confidence and tenacity to it, yet raising utmost excitement, sophistication and a dose of mystery within us. To be more exact in the description, just take any navy or cobalt blue, blow some cigarette smoke on it and you will get what the Pantone Color Institute has contrived to call Riverside. It might be its confidence-begetting property or the feature to work perfectly well with nigh any other shade that has greatly stimulated the majority of fashion designers to include this cool shade in their fall/winter 2016 collections.
Whether this shade is effectuated on monochromatic versions or used to dream up crazy colorblocks or maybe serving as the perfect shade for prints and embellishments we love it across the board. But it is beyond doubt that Riverside might put more bums on seats when worked out on shimmering velvet or when perfused with some sparkles and twinkles, while Riverside leather is just zero cool.
We see Lacoste offering us many Riverside bounties under the guise of a velvet sportive tracksuit, a velvet laid-back dress or a noir trench coat looking vertiginous with Aurora Red knee-high boots to just once more manifest this color’s versatility. At Rebecca Minkoff and Zadig & Voltaire we see leather jackets in this shade all wrapped with streetwise twist, while the leather trench coat spotted at Céline paired with an Airy Blue turtleneck is a Riverside version on the background of flickering lights in the streets.
Want more of this color? Make a beeline for H&M, Ellery, Issey Miyake, Rag & Bone,Trussardi, Sonia Rykiel and Michael Kors for other chic everyday options. Check out Chanelas well to find some denim accents on pink-purple pieces with some Peter Pan syndrome to them. And if you are aching for some luxurious Riverside eveningwear, think no further but Jenny Packham and Luisa Beccaria for more gee-whiz looks.
#2: Airy Blue
The Blue dynasty was indubitably rocking throughout all the four 2016 fashion weeks playing with all its possible shades and exploring all the avenues ranging from icy blue to cobalt and navy blues. But it is Riverside together with Airy Blue destined to govern over other blue members. If Riverside is more angled at stability and confidence, Airy Blue, the fall version of Serenity (the winning color of spring 2016 together with Rose Quartz) is to take anyone to a xanadu of freedom, tranquility and weightlessness. What’s more, it makes perfect combos with Riverside and unique, fresh approaches with Lush Meadow, Taupe or Dusty Cedar on the list.
Michael Kors seems to be head over heels in love with blue shades. He has come up with mixing these two winner blue shades, with Airy Blue taking more space though. Monochromatic outerwear or some versions with botanical motifs mingled with knitted sweaters immediately drive us at preppy style but leave it to those fur pieces and handbags in Airy Blue to set the tone around.
Oscar de La Renta’s interpretation of Airy Blue is, however, more enlivening and with more powerful potential to blow away the cobwebs whether you look at the goat fur vest, the mind-blowing evening gown showing pictorially the Riverside-Airy Blue compatibility, the cocktail dress with blue sparkles or at those romantic detachable furry collars. We see this eye-soothing shade at Versace as well but a little bit lighted from within and also at Fendi,MSGM, Sonia Rykiel and Celine peeping out here and there. Dolce & Gabbana’s Cinderella dress was surely painted in this angelic blue shade, while at Elie Saab and Stella McCartneythings take more sensual spin through Airy Blue intimate lace.
Grey palette has always been in attendance at fall/winter runway shows year in year out, but it came as an aha moment for us this time that it is Sharkskin to work triumphantly all over the map whether with bright or muted shades, whether in everyday life or on special occasions. Through fashion houses using this stable shade in abundance we are now bumping into another grand fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trend to embrace our wardrobes soon enough.
We see Sharkskin brought forefront through fall outerwear at Marissa Webb, while at Nicholas K. head-to-toe Sharkskin outfits with shimmering silk in between have it made in the shade to create futuristic and struggling milieu around. At Stella McCartney we can see some monochromatic grey numbers, but also a grey-scarlet red combination to dictate a cool colorblock worth to follow come the cold days.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have also touched on this pair-able shade and as a result we see a couple of featherweight dresses and turtlenecks worn beneath ballerina shimmering tutus at Valentino. For classic and timeless trousers head to Zac Posen or else check Demna Gvasalia’s debut collection for Balenciaga.
And to get a wee bit sophistication and splendor hotfoot it right to Christopher Kane and Creatures of the Wind to seize Sharkskin caressing or to Acne Studio to feast eyes on lacquered grey pieces. But if you have already caught those royal Sharkskin pieces atBalmain, you have crossed the Rubicon; you are spellbound forever and ever.
#4: Aurora Red
The fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trends also offer up oceans of red shades ranging from burgundy and carmine to crimson and scarlet. But chalk it up to Aurora Red to let no grass grow under feet coming as the fourth trendy color of the upcoming fall/winter seasons. This is bold Red with some sensual and warm undertones, not so bold as burgundy and not so vibrant as crimson, but wrapped with some mysterious dust. According to Pantone’s Institute, this gets the metaphorical blood of the palette pumping.
We see the blood in its most vigorous and zealous pumping at Christian Siriano through a range of outfits painted in Aurora Red from alpha to omega starting from models’ lips to their footwear. There is no room for doubt any more that delicate, shimmering velvet is one of the grandest fashion trends this fall, a fabric type to lend extra chic to Aurora Red. Need some manifestation? Haider Ackermann, Akris and Derek Lam come up with this ravishing decision. We see subtle lace pieces in Aurora Red for everyday life at Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Alberta Ferretti and at Moschino’s semi-burnt and tattered runway show.
Aurora Red-Sharkskin combination seems to be second to none but if you run an eye over Alexis Mabille’s off-the-wall decision to match this shade with coral you will be agreeably surprised, for sure. Bibhu Mohapatra has also included many red monochromatic gowns or other pieces with red accents in his collection up to appearing at the end of the show with an Aurora Red scarf to greet everyone heartily, while at Blumarine, Gucci and Saint Laurent we can get a soupcon of soft fur in this sensual shade. To take your look to a more sensual level, stop at Marchesa or Elie Saab for some lofty splendid evening gowns.
#5: Warm Taupe
The next stability and reassurance-emanating color that has embraced the fall/winter runway shows many a time and oft is neutral Warm Taupe, characterized by Pantone as trusted, organic and grounded and approachable enough to be matched with each of the 9 colors on the list. If it is about the fall season, then it comes as no surprise to see timeless trench coats in spades down the streets and if it is about trench coats, then Warm Taupe is sure to be up hill and down dale.
We see many trench coats in this neutral shade at Chanel, Derek Lam, Max Mara and Nina Ricci whether cinched tightly with a belt or unbuttoned nonchalantly, but to look and feel more eccentric, Balenciaga has an offer to intentionally pull down the shoulders of your trench. At Celine we witness a couple of long vests, Karen Walker goes all leather in Warm Taupe, while at Loewe we see this shade materialized on maxi skirts with asymmetrical hemlines.
At Ralph Lauren, Warm Taupe is mixed and matched with other taupe shades, a tone darker or lighter, while at Valentino a real festival of Warm Taupe is taking place ranging from long coats and knitted pieces to some ethereal, splendid tulle gowns to throw anyone into equilibrium.
#6: Dusty Cedar
We might get carried away by this warm and welcoming shade of muted pink that the Pantone Color Institute has called Dusty Cedar and which comes as one of the best fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trends to warm the cockles of our hearts. Many of us might still be under the relaxing impression of Rose Quartz embracing spring 2016 that is going to be dusted a little bit come the fall season and come out as another chill-out shade of Dusty Cedar that many fashion designers have got enamored with.
Among them are Costume National, Paul Smith and Ermanno Scervino with fall-worthy outerwear pieces and the ethnic Etro to use this delicious shade on a velvet bomber jacket or else mix it with labyrinthine prints. At Fausto Puglisi this nectarous shade is running the gamut appearing either on a blazer fragment, covering a geometrical shape on a knitted sweater or else teaming with purple and Persian green to shape a vertiginous gown.
Dusty Cedar has also been spotted at Issey Miyake and Luisa Beccaria, while at Miu Miu it is just what those denim pieces are screaming to match with. At Chanel, where warm shades are playing with full blast, we see a lovely tweed skirt suit in Dusty Cedar but slightly brightened up from within a la Karl Lagerfeld.
#7: Lush Meadow
The appellation of the next fall 2016 color trend speaks for itself being suggestive of some rich foliage and bringing about utmost elegance, sophistication and swagger. Whether it is used on garment pieces or just on some accessories, come-hither looks are assured. Many fashion designers take a gamble to include this rich shade in their fall/winter 2016 collections that seems to be not so easily approachable at first blush, but then we catch Karl Lagerfeld’s wavy ruffled collection for Fendi impregnated with Lush Meadow and at times triumphantly matched with navy blue. At Marni Lush Meadow pants look more than harmonious with Warm Taupe shirts.
But leave it to Barbara Bui to create streetwise chic through a bevy of leather dresses, pants, blazers and even knee-high boots in this shade and to appear on the stage herself decked out into a Lush Meadow silk shirt. Iceberg, Tory Burch, Martin Grant, Roland Mouret and Monique Lhuillier are also among those fashion houses chipped in this color trend formation. And if you are still mulling over its swagger twist, there is no better incarnation of it than Gucci’s numbers in the guise of a scintillating tube dress and a warm green-orange outerwear to struggle against the brass monkey weather soon.
#8: Spicy Mustard
Spicy Mustard comes as one of the most vibrant fall/ winter 2016 color trends that will add some exotic and zesty touches to any outfit, speaking about its carrier’s living in clover. As it would be expected, it’s not spring-worthy sunny yellow, bereft of any shimmering rays, but instead squirted with some spices to become a little bit muted and out-and-out fall-worthy.
The fall/winter 2016 fashion weeks find many a designer embracing this spicy shade, some of them dreaming up head-to-toe Spicy Mustard outfits, while others inserting some prints, embellishments or accessories in this shade. We see Chloe going for all the marbles and rendering out an incorporeal tulle dress, while those leather boots in mustard shade happening at high frequency are synched up to the overall adventurous spirit of the Chloe fall/winter 2016 runway show. But it looks equally spicy against the semi-burnt and dilapidated background of the Moschino show as well appearing either on a gown or on a bow-top.
Valentino touches upon the more delicate and tender side of Spicy Mustard materializing it on a couple of velvet dresses or else using it for some lovely embellishments on taupe tulle dresses. We see a smattering of velvet pieces in this spicy shade at Arthur Arbesser, Emilio Pucci and 3.1 Phillip Lim as well, the latter also giving birth to a range of ankle boots in mustard velvet. At Roberto Cavalli and Jenny Packham things take a more haute couture spin catering us to a couple of layered gowns all wrapped in ruffles or undulations, while atRodarte, Sportmax, Acne Studios and Creatures of the Wind Spicy Mustard starts playing with all its glory through fall-worthy outerwear pieces.
Gucci’s interpretation of Spicy Mustard is furry but also sailing right through exotic eyeglasses and turbans, while at Fendi, Balenciaga and Max Mara we detect some very cool handbags in this shade. And if you still need some more manifestation of this color’s brightening and enlivening potential look to that gothic collection by Marc Jacobs with a number impregnated with Spicy Mustard fur and other accents instantly throwing a piece of light on the runway.
#9: Potter’s Clay
For those having a soft spot for earthy shades, Potter’s Clay comes as the best one among them all through its strong foundation and lovely hybrid of brown and Russet orange, evocative of fall rustling foliage. So it comes as no surprise to see this pleasant shade gilding many fall/winter runway shows this year and taking its stand among the fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trends.
At Anna Sui’s psychedelic runway show we see a couple of laid-back dresses in Potter’s Clay mixed with some paisleys or floral prints but also an amazing goat fur cropped jacket and velvet knee-high boots to catch general attention instantly. At Isabel Marant we bump into a smattering of knitted pieces in this shade, while at Tibi and Trussardi Potter’s Clay feels completely at ease beaming over on a range of suede, silk and leather pieces.
At Trussardi and Akris we also observe many knee-high boots so easily and versatile to mix and match with any possible shade while at Prada and Vanessa Seward some cool coats in Potter’s Clay come into view. You are off the track thinking that Potter’s Clay functions the best for outerwear or footwear.
It works perfectly for dresses as well like we see at DKNY, Tibi, Trussardi and Givenchy, the latter using this shade in a psychedelic illusion print taking reins throughout the whole runway show. And if you are after some unique colorblock solutions you would probably appreciate the Potter’s Clay-dark purple combination appearing at Trussardi.
Among all the pink-purple shades it is Bodacious that has mostly enchanted fashion designers thus shaping up one of the fall/ winter 2016 fashion color trends. This bright, rich purple with some pink undertones to it is wrapped with coquettish milieu, simultaneously functioning effectively for versatile color combinations. Seeing this shade vagabonding through cold seasons is somewhat bizarre, but spreading tranquility and composure around is on the agenda at this juncture, which is handled by contemporary fashion designers, as well.
Among them is Oscar de la Renta with the exceptional gusto for evening gowns that has given birth to a couple of spellbinding frocks either with some froufrou surface or with undulating hems. At Topshop Unique the delicacy of Bodacious is reduplicated when materialized on lace bringing forth an exquisite mini dress and a midi skirt both of them radiating utmost intimacy and sensuality.
A tweed skirt suit at Chanel instantly mollifies, while at Gucci a fur coat in a more bleached version of Bodacious with a tonal rose at the collar is endlessly caressing. We see this bright purple at Karen Walker as well under the guise of some stripes and geometrical shapes, while at Kenzo it comes to life via animal prints on skirts, tops and coats.
We see the whole richness of Bodacious at Lacoste whether we cast an eye on a hooded sporty dress or on a lacquered coat. But its romantic side is best revealed at Dolce & Gabbana on tons of 3D flowers scattered all over the map up to shaping lovely headbands and other hair accessories.
#11: Navy Blue & Cobalt Blue
If there is one color to play with all its shades possible throughout fall/winter 2016 runway shows, it is the powerful blue that is surely getting ahead of other colors. Apart from Riverside and Airy Blue leading Pantone’s list of fall 2016 top 10 colors, navy blue and cobalt blue have also been frequenters from New York to London, Milan to Paris. Myriads of designers have given their preference to these blue shades to embrace their collections, at times appearing on a couple of numbers, but at times occurring so frequently as to overshadow other colors on the runways.
The nautical tableaux at Tommy Hilfiger could not but render out a range of naval officer coats and also silk baby doll dresses in the navy blue shade. We see the same style navy blue coats at John Galliano as well, but we particularly love those sheer navy blue slip dresses as if to be a fragment of wind and adventurous sporty shoes and newsboy hats. We meet a pretty navy blue-cobalt blue juxtaposition at Balenciaga and Stella Jean and another lovely overlapping of cobalt blue with teal at Altuzarra’s fall 2016 runway showrunning over with unique colorblocks.
These blue shades look vertiginous on cocktail dresses in particular. Cases in point are a cobalt blue dress with wasp waist and wavy hemlines at Esteban Cortazar, another stunner with turtleneck at David Koma, a sequined maxi dress at Dior or a silk lingerie-style dress at Gareth Pugh. But to savor more sophistication there is Trussardi with its navy blue tulle skirts and Emanuel Ungaro with the cobalt blue delicate fur around.
#12: Khaki & Olive Green
The safari style has been all over the board at the recent fall/winter runway shows and it can’t be helped to revel in khaki and olive green shades circulating all the while with all their earth-gravitating spirit. We see the 3.1 Phillip Lim collection at New York Fashion Week all saturated with a khaki and olive green mishmash with some Spicy Yellow accents in between – many slouchy pants, puffed jackets and tops with a lot of ropes swinging to and fro, the whole shooting match screaming an adventuresome journey. Ports 1961 also jumps at this safari bandwagon, while at Topshop Unique we greet heartily those khaki outerwear designs with some military dashes to them.
We are carried away by that khaki amazon girl outfit at Vera Wang and those business-world-worthy olive green dresses at Boss. But to catch some A-1 and out-of-sight khaki pieces Nina Ricci pops up with its fur outerwear and delectable skirts and dresses with sparkles and twinkles all over. Some khaki and olive green pieces have also been spotted at Sportmax, Dior and Valentino.
#13: Metallic Touches
Metallic silver, gold, bronze and at times even some pink and blue can assuredly be included in the best fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trends with frosted dashes to them. AtZimmermann metallic bronze, grey and baby blue dresses with poetic sleeves look gorgeous as all get-out, while at Jil Sander metallic dresses can easily pass off as tin plates. We observe a metallic skirt suit and a dress at Chanel, a glamorous pantsuit derived from the swinging ‘60s at Roberto Cavalli, a mirror-like sensual slip dress at Cushnie et Ochs and a range of metallic golden stunners at Off-White effectively matched with Aurora Red.
At Ellery we run across blue and red dresses with puffed sleeves, while Vivienne Westwood takes the metallic golden shade to a sportive level through a puffed coat. You will be undeniably beguiled by a sophisticated metallic grey gown at Reem Acra or by a panache frock at Marc Jacobs, but the inimitably marvelous prize goes to a bleached yellow metallic gown with reflecting effect we have spotted at Ralph Lauren.
#14: Tangerine & Coral
Tangerine and coral have high potential to impart physical energy, jubilation and felicity, exactly what we need in the 21st century full of stresses. Dreaming up their fall/winter 2016 collections with this statement in mind, contemporary fashion designers have taken the plunge to wine and dine us with a great deal of tangerine and coral garment pieces and accessories thus forming another grand color trend for the upcoming fall season.
It is undeniably Akris to have thrown a tangerine light unto its runway show that is literally knee-deep in this enlivening color whether on dresses, pants and sweaters or leather knee-high boots and handbags. The ruffled coral tops at Fendi look super eye-soothing in combination with navy blue, while the coral trench coats at Boss come as very lucrative investments in the fall season and more.
At Alexis Mabille coral trenches, a lingerie-style skirt or a pajama-resembling outfit have some mollifying twist to them and the coral combination with pink is really encouraging at Chanel. For more sophistication switch to Jenny Packham to get hands on tangerine lace pieces or to Giambattista Valli to revel in a coral halter-neck gown all wrapped with loveliness.
#15: Electric Fuchsia & Pink
Electric fuchsia and pink able to instantly brighten up any murky atmosphere have also made to the fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trends list, appearing either on monochromatic pieces or as statement accessories. Number one aficionado of bright pinks might become Karl Lagerfeld to design a series of fuchsia or pink tweed skirt suits for Chanel and to make them even more finger-licking good in combination with tonal boots and pork hats.
We see lovely bright pink pieces with some sugar feeling to them at Jenny Packham andBoss, while at Just Cavalli pink is more coquettish and flirting. We spot bright fuchsia shimmering gloriously on delicate silk at Oscar de la Renta and Moschino, while the deepest deep fuchsia can be caught at Gucci on a pantsuit unexpectedly teamed with an Aurora Red furry coat. But fuchsia can also reveal its futuristic side – cases in point are those geometrical pieces spotted at Junya Watanabe.
#16: Blackest Black
Black is always in style and will be forever and ever, for sure. Whether it is spring or fall, nigh every fashion designer includes this color in his/her collection and it never throws in its towel to function perfectly for any life occasion. But the upcoming cold seasons seem to be in a closer association with black finding many designers to dedicate a chapter of their collections to black, while others entirely blackening their fall 2016 runway shows.
We see black occupying a great space at creative designer-less Dior up to painting the models’ lips with black; at Zuhair Murad black lace and velvet are in abundance; black is the main color at Givenchy fall 2016 runway show as well with some brown and taupe in between and with a smattering of red to bring vibrancy around, while at Alexander McQueen black oversized coats are embellished with fuchsia embroidery for pretty contrast.
One of the most practical fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trends, black together with different grey shades appears at Marc Jacobs as well and those black smudged eyes of the models are to scare the bejesus out of us. And if you cannot get enough of black, no sweat! There is still Anthony Vaccarello, Nicholas K., Rodarte and Vera Wang around.
#17: Sweet Lilac
So bright, feminine and uplifting, lilac forms one of the most difficult fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trends, since pulling it off during all those rainy, cloudy and frosty days is somehow impossible, unless you live in such sun-kissed cities as LA. It, however, makes a perfect color even for the colder seasons for special occasions, when you want to stand out of the crowd with your statement-making outfit. You can try an accent of lilac or wear it from head to toe, like the models did it on the runway at Kenzo, Miu Miu, Michael Kors, Roberto Cavalli and Tod’s.
#18: Powdery Pastel Colors
Who said pastels are only for the warmer seasons? At least, you can easily wear them during the first months of fall, when the sun is still shining and you don’t want to give in to the gloomy shades so easily. Definitely one of the most delicate fall 2016 color trends, pastel blues, pinks, mints and touches of peach appeared on the runways in abundance, but we especially liked the way those were brought to the cold months by Versace, Balmain, Carven, Givenchy, Kenzo, Alexander Mcqueen and Michael Kors.
The trench coat is an indispensable garment for the autumn-winter season. From ancient times until today, this type of clothing have undergone many changes: every year, designers are experimenting with its length and cut, using various fabrics and décor elements.Therefore, let’s see what trench coats designs will be fashionable in the 2017 cold season.
Leather trench coats
Outer garments, made of leather, can be found currently in the “personal” collection of every fashionista. This material continues for some time to conquer the fashion catwalks. And not incidentally: leather jackets and trench coats are able not only to protect its owner of whirlwind and rain, but it can also give the entire look a slight note of brutality, chic and mystery. In the new cold season, a special place occupied black patterns, which can be found in the collections of Max Mara, Tommy Hilfiger, Aquilano, Miu Miu, Proenza Schouler, Creatures of the Wind, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Antonio Berardi, Anthony Vaccarello.
Loewe, Proenza Schouler, Cedric Charlier, Karen Walker, Tods, Valentino, Celine, Escada, Lacoste, Derek Lam also opted for leather. However, most often in their collections was encountered colored leather. The brands recommend us to buy brown, blue, plum, beige and yellow leather patterns.
Fashionable are again maxi trench coats, the hem of which can be so long that will remind us of some trains. It is difficult to judge how practical is this length and how suited they are in wet conditions, however, such designs are looking truly luxurious. If you still want something more practical, then you can choose a trench coat design, which will reach the ankle. Maxi trench coats recommend us wearing this season Zac Posen recommended to us, Zimmermann, Vera Wang, Pamella Roland, Naeem Khan, Christian Siriano, Akris, Polo Ralph Lauren, Dsquared, Alexis Mabille, Dries van Noten.
Sleeveless Fashion Trenches
A sleeveless trench coat can also be considered a very contradictory garment. On the one hand, it looks original and modern, on the other, it is very impractical. But it seems that this property does not bother too much fashionistas and designers because in their collections are encountered more often sleeveless designs. Sleeveless trench coats were included in presentations of the following fashion brands Veronique Leroy, David Koma, Dennis Basso, Opening Ceremony, etc.
Cape and poncho trench coats
Capes and ponchos are garments that appeared in the 60’s-70’s years. Although, we must say that they appeared more preseeding: researchers argue that Indians still wore similar clothes. Considering designers passion for retro, it is no wonder why on the catwalk many patterns of this type are. All the diversity is presented by Gucci, Daks, Chloe, Roksandič Luisa Beccaria, Naeem Khan, Trussardi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada, Mulberry.
This is another fashion trend, namely the famous oversize style. Based on the examples of new “cold” collections, designers have shown us once again that oversize clothes really need to be worn. How exactly are showing us Iceberg, Tome, Acne Studios, Kenzo, Balenciaga. We must mention that in the new cold season, the focus was especially on bulky and elongated sleeves.
Among current fabrics used by brands to create trench coats can be enlisted fabrics characterized by high impermeability because trench coats made of such fabrics will be a good friend in rainy and windy season. We can include skin, patent leather, spandex, nylon, etc. Trench coats of such fabrics are practical, durable, resistant and attractive. In addition, they perfectly repel moisture. Examples of waterproof fabrics can be seen at Narciso Rodriguez, Jil Sander, Lacoste, M Missoni, Alexis Mabille.
However, do not think that designers were limited to waterproof fabrics. For dry autumns, for example, woven and knitted patterns are absolutely ideal (Sibling, Missoni, Monse). Other designers have decided to dress models in transparent chiffon trench coats (Giorgio Armani).
Ae special place has also occupied the denim. Denim trench coats decided to beat all popularity records. These can be found in the collections of 6397, Miu Miu, Roberto Cavalli, Stella McCartney. As we can see, most designers have chosen denim trench coats of maxi length which sometimes reached the floor. Such designs can be matched both with jeans and trousers, and with evening and cocktail dresses.
Custo Barcelona, Bibhu Mohapatra, Isabel Marant, Lanvin, Julien David, Iceberg, Max Mara embellished their fabrics with sheen. Such designs look very original, giving the image a touch of festivity.
The new fall-winter season enjoy us with an enormous diversity of prints. Courreges, Bottega Veneta, Mother of Pearl, Etro included in their collections geometric prints. Julien David, Salvatore Ferragvb21amo opted to zigzag and abstract prints. Ermanno Scervino, Givenchy, Bottega Veneta presented the fans luxury designs with leopard prints. Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Antonio Marras, Erdem, MSGME, Kenzo did not want to say goodbye to summer prints including them in its winter collections and in result we are able to wear trench coats with flowers. Burberry has chosen reptile skin.
Finally we will tell you something about the color range. Here, as always, we can talk about monochromatic and shades of beige (Derek Lam, Gucci, Blumarine, Dion Lee). Such designs are considered universal and very practical because can be matched with clothes in absolutely any shade.
In addition, designers propose us to wear also colored items: Roland Mouret, Toga, MSGME – blue, green and red trench coats; Alexis Mabille, Christian Siriano – yellow and pink; Christian Dior, Emilio Pucci – terracotta and orange. Escada has not lagged behind and included in its collections lively and dynamic patterns.
After analyzing the collections of fashionable trench coats for 2017, we can only say a big thanks to designers for their so exhaustive vision on fashion, for daring experimentation and incredible inventiveness: in new lines were taken into consideration absolutely all fashionista’s needs. All we have to do is to decide on the desired pattern!Louis Vuitton
Africa, as the home of modern civilisation, is the inspiration for Louis Vuitton’s Spring-Summer 2017 collection. It is also a metaphor - of a return to roots, to heritage, to formative influences, to the blueprint. Asserting your identity.
These themes are explored literally and figuratively. Africa is constantly present, a heartbeat under the collection, combined with the rebellion of London Punk and the emblematic savoir-faire of the Maison. By its very nature, the journey between these different destinations and influences evokes the spirit of travel, which is the very essence - the blueprint - of Louis Vuitton.
Africa is evoked through rich, intricate textile treatments, exotic skins, a menagerie of animal prints. In a continuation of his first Louis Vuitton show about his childhood in Kenya and Bostwana, Kim Jones, Men’s Artistic Director revisits Africa today, expressing notions of the safari and the gentleman traveller. The palette is dominated by Savannah-bleached shades; jackets have Saharienne detailing.
“There’s always something a little London hidden somewhere, though. This time it is the influence of Punk - albeit via Africa, where Frank Marshall’s “Renegades” portrait series of Botswana biker gangs in heavy leather depicts the fusion of two disparate aesthetics. Add a third, the French elegance of Louis Vuitton.“ says Kim Jones.
Punk brings edge, transparent rubber, mohair, zips and straps, all infused with African pattern and finished with the Maison’s unique techniques. Louis Vuitton’s second commission with Jake and Dinos Chapman surrenders four prints depicting twisted animals; their veldt is the Vuitton Monogram. Mohair is knitted to imitate animal markings, and zebra patterns are colored in a petroleum blue. Footwear especially draws on Punk themes, parachute straps forming sandal designs and crepe soles added to laced brogues.
There are unexpected connections between these elements. The utilitarian details of Punk tie the movement to Vuitton’s heritage as a trunk-maker, a practical streak; tartan walks hand-in-hand with Maasai checks; the hand crafts of Africa link to French savoir-faire. Textiles are intricately realised: multi-coloured, paper-thin leather is woven like baskets; while a mesh is hand-wrapped with strips of Monogram in a quartet of colours, four Vuitton patterns creating a fifth, the Karakoram design. Exotic skins are vital - connecting Africa to Paris, while the biker jacket evokes Punk. Zips are added to Punk pants; crocodile and ostrich are used for coats and jackets, as well as key Vuitton accessories. They are polymorphs, crossing boundaries and evoking the trio of inspirational starting-points.
The accessories mark a literal return to roots - the origins of the Monogram itself. Two new iterations, the Monogram Savane Ink and Monogram Savane Dune, are based on the blueprints of the toile, trademarked in 1896. The iconic Louis Vuitton Steamer bag, the first soft travel bag, is reinterpreted as a backpack, whilst heritage styles are drawn from the archives like the Randonnée bag, as well as from the leather goods. Original, yet new: all are updated, reinvented, using textiles from the collection to highlight the synergy between clothes and accessories. A series of trunks underscore the themes of the collection, in animal hides and prints or laser-etched with Chapman imagery, like a preparatory drawing for collection’s prints.
Even the Punk’s archetypal dog collar - here the “Baxter” - is a style originating in the Vuitton archives. Its fresh context transforms its perception. That is a summary of the approach of this collection. Travelling back to the blueprint, the essence, using the old to create something new.
About the Chapman brothers
Dinos was born in London in 1962 and Jake Chapman was born in Cheltenham in 1966. They both graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1990 and worked as assistants to Gilbert and George before collaborating in 1992. The Chapmans weave a vast range of associations into their work, using material from all areas of the cultural landscape including philosophical theory, art history and consumer culture. They engage with inflammatory subjects and use subversive strategies to produce works that defiantly refute straightforward interpretation. Celebrated all over the world, the Chapman Brothers were nominated for the Turner Prize in 2003.
The Petite Malle Bag, Dora Bag, City Steamer, Twist Bag, Lockit Bag, Camera Box Bag, The Palm Springs Backpack and prints like the Reversed Monogram, Jungle Dots or the Monogram Chain Flower – we have seen a lot of pretty things since Nicolas Ghesquiere took over.
And so we do have a high expectation for the Spring Summer 2017 Collection and certainly we are not disappointed at all. Let’s cover some important points here…
Most probably inspired by the iconic Trunk, just like the Petite Malle Bag. The first time we saw this beauty, we thought it might be a clutch bag. Small, designed with the classic luggage tag and printed with the Monogram in shiny-effect, this looks like a promising investment.
But by looking further, this is actually a Phone Holder. And what’s even more brilliant is that the luggage tag is used to cover your earphones.
The Phone Holders are available in different designs like the vintage Luggage Trunk looks with black edges, golden hardware and monogram canvas. But they’re available in different colors. So ladies, select your FAVO!
Although its influence today is global, Louis Vuitton remains, above all else, a French house — a fact that we were all reminded of during the label’s Spring/Summer ‘17 show in Paris this week. Held at the future home of the brand’s Place Vendôme flagship, the show looked out onto the storied intersection of that square and Rue Saint-Honoré below, providing the perfect backdrop for what was undoubtedly Nicolas Ghesquière’s most Parisian collection to date. While his Resort ‘17 collection saw him exploring the sporty, seaside culture of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, this season saw a more sophisticated, polished lineup from the designer, who focused more on the cuts and tailoring of his pieces rather than exuberant colors and prints (though there were plenty of those too). To wit, there were grey business-like pantsuits featuring slit skirts, cut-outs along the shoulders and open, capelet backs, as well as several tuxedo jackets with smooth, rounded shoulders. In a continuation of Resort’s daring cut-outs, Ghesquière also sliced a number of his looks, revealing an exposed neckline on a sparkly, sheer blouse, or the bare hipbone on one of his slinky, draped dresses. When not doling out glammed-up pieces for the bourgeois, Ghesquière nodded to the droves of fashionable young girls who have recently found their way into his customer base. For them, Ghesquière provided sweatshirts, graphic logo tees, slit leather skirts and skinny lace pants worn under matching mini skirts. In true Parisian style, theses were pieces that didn’t look like they were trying too hard.
Meanwhile, handbags continue to be a strong point for the French house — a tradition that harkens back to its founding in the 1800s. In homage to those early days, Ghesquière once again called on the label’s iconic Petite Malle, this time reimagining it as a slim phone case that fit neatly into his models’s hands. For those looking for a little more storage space, there were also plenty of other more spacious styles to choose from including the monogram top-handle totes that featured corset-like leather detailing and funky zippered pouches rendered in a checkerboard pattern not unlike the ones that dominated Marc Jacob’s Spring/Summer ‘12 show for the house.
As for the footwear, Ghesquière’s bright, multi-color alligator and python skin boots proved utterly desirable (they’re high vamps and pointy toes made them both classic and sporty), as did the heeled pumps with their black bondage-style lacing. Like the rest of Ghesquière’s collection, they were the perfect balance of classic and modern intrigue.
Instantly in love when we spotted this fresh shoulder bag. We love the details – so complex yet heavenly! The bag is crafted with a checkered design, the handles are gorgeous and the center is made stunningly with the Classic LV lock. Wow, so what is your wish next year?
We love simplicity and this fits perfectly in that category. You see, this bag is fabulous for numerous of reasons. Some ladies don’t like Monogram Canvas and other busy prints, some like simple design yet timeless.
Simple, but the leather looks smooth and nice. It features long handles and zipper on the front side. Perhaps there is a front pocket or it can be used to expand the bag. But for those that like the Neverfull, but want a minimalistic bag, here it is.
Oh yes, the luggage tags are the finishing touch.
Introducing the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2017 Runway Bag Collection. Nicolas Ghesquière presented his edgy and sexy collection at the Place Vendôme, instead of the usual Fondation Louis Vuitton during the final day of Paris Fashion Week. The most coveted accessory in the runway was the iPhone case version of the popular Petite Malle bag. The phone cover includes a key ring and was presented in different materials like Monogram Canvas, Monogram Reverse and Crocodile leather. Louis Vuitton introduces a new color for the Damier pattern, which now comes in all Black and Tan. A variety of bags were seen in the runway with rope like handles. The top handle and flap bags with a lock closure has a striking resemblance to the Luna Bag. Tote bags in different shapes, as well as rectangular clutch bags were also featured in the collection.
Today’s Louis Vuitton show took place in the future home of the brand’s Place Vendôme flagship. Scheduled to open in 2017, the new store will combine two buildings, spanning the famous square and the Rue Saint-Honoré. Sitting on the boutique-to-be’s second floor this morning with those monumental views out the windows, there was no escaping the metaphor: As global as its reach is, Louis Vuitton is Paris.
So it was fitting that creative directorNicolas Ghesquière brought his collection home metaphorically, as well. His Cruise offering, presented in Rio de Janeiro last May, was a tribute to that city’s sportif seaside culture—colorful, loaded with print, and beachily body-baring. The orientation of his bold new Louis Vuitton collection is different. While it retained some of the tropes of the previous season—the daring cut-outs in particular—the results were more glam. Call it hot bourgeois. “I realize that I didn’t explore that much yet the sophistication and the more dressed-up part of Louis Vuitton,” he said afterward.
The sophistication he was speaking of comes down to the type of clothing he zeroed in on: tailoring, first and foremost. Ghesquière’s are not suits for office drones; with slices removed from the shoulders and capeleted open backs, they negotiated the territory between practicality and experimentation. As he settles in at Louis Vuitton (today’s venue seemed conceived at least in part to quash the ongoing rumors that he’s on his way out the door), Ghesquière is leaning more toward experimentation, if not the outright high-concept fashion of his earlier days. See the asymmetric draped jersey numbers with the hip and midriff cut-outs, some with 1980s-ish sprinkles of crystals and glitter; see also the series of long, sheer-yet-discreet dresses at the end.
The ladies already know they can shop Prada via Net-A-Porter, and now the boys can do the same via Mr Porter. Starting today, you can buy Prada’s RTW, bags and other essentials for men online, a new designer added to the online shopping site’s repertoire that I say is better late than never.
Curated for the Mr Porter man, I did a quick scan of all 74 items offered online and yes, they are decidedly classic, ‘safe’ pieces you can wear season after season whilst building your Prada wardrobe. You’ll find everything from wool coats to two-piece suits, from jackets to tees along with essentials like bags, footwear and even smaller accessories like cufflinks and optical glasses.
For those looking for runway pieces, there are a couple as well, from the wool cardigan British actor Eddie Redmayne is modelling in Prada’s F/W16 ad campaign to Prada’s Impossible True Love shirt that everyone wants a piece of this season. In other words, kindly excuse me whilst I go checkout a few items and #happyshopping.