Let’s go off-beat and off-trend
Many of the core elite fashion designers collaborate on the major trends of each season, guiding how many women and girls will thematically dress and accessorize. Each season, there are probably around 5-10 strong runway trends, calling all ladies out there to get your shopping on for your favorite muse moments seen on the catwalk.
So when a designer like Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton puts out a collection lauding individual style…even so far as eccentric style, it’s a rare moment. For the Resort 19 series, Ghesquière turned to Grace Coddington, former creative director of Vogue. Coddington both as his muse as well as his collaborative partner on the collection, bringing with her the quirky cat sketches she’s known for, this time executed on the LV bag.
The collection had mismatched layering, squared off shoulders, and tunic dresses with thigh boots, all creating this image of a grunge girl or punk rocker who was suddenly and unexpectedly thrown into adulthood and high fashion.
Quirky and maximalist
The looks had this 80’s executive meets funky vibe going on, and I can definitely see eccentric in all its free-flying-flag glory. Not that he has the trademark on maximalism, but parts of this collection lean a bit toward Alessandro Michele’s collections for Gucci with the mismatched prints and unexpected layers.
The final looks round toward boudoir with silky babydolls trimmed in lace, morphing into draped-neck midriff crop tops (ok – a trend this season) over tiered and beaded shorts with a vintage overtone. Oh here, kitty.
Let your feathers fly
And in a flash, they amp up with feathers, fur, and glittering beads in evening looks meant for the modern mashup of street meets The Great Gatsby.
You know, I’ve been somewhat cold to much of Ghesquière’s clothing collections since taking the helm at Louis Vuitton. But I’m a sucker for those who walk to the beat of their own drum. There’s so much beauty and courage in someone who simply doesn’t care how other people see them, they just like what they like. Especially in today’s era of social media tear downs. So a collection celebrating the eccentricities of the perhaps social outliers is definitely welcomed.