Nicolas Ghesquière's Spring/Summer 16 collection for Louis Vuitton had a rather futuristic vibe. From the narration in the soundtrack to the runway show, it was clear that Ghesquière was going for an emphasis on virtuality. After a short "narration", the digital screens in the Vuitton show space came to life, and out walked Australian model (yes the one with the pink hair) Fernanda Ly, with a head piece with what appeared to be a single jewel on her forehead, that sort of reminded me of the Japanese anime Sailormoon. The stage was set, and model after model stomped out in a super fast-pace onto the runway, perhaps an allegorical suggestion of the ephemeral nature of the Insta-culture in which we live. The result was these strong cyberpunk-esque sporting futuristic festival wear with their crop tops and mesh tops that looked like sparsely linked chainmail armour. The intergalactic Sci-Fi-typed vibe also came through, especially with the holographic dress with a bubble skirt that closed the show.
As for the bags, I'm really loving most of them. The "Twist" bag came in a range of exotic skins like crocodile, shagreen, and snakeskin, whipstitched, and what seemed like THE motif of the season, the oversized chain link pattern positioned diagonally across the bags with the iconic Vuitton fleur from the monogram interlaced into the design. The GO-14 bag had a slightly more bulbous quilting for SS16. My favourite bag ever, the Petite Malle came in more varieties, while the Alma sported some globular embellishments. New silhouettes were also introduced: micro-pleated drawstring bags, a bag that looked a little Birkin-esque, and another mini trunk-like rectangular (but less angular) variation with a pushlock clasp, which is fast becoming yet another of my favourites!