You know those ’70s, A-line skirts that have been flooding the high street? Well, that trend was arguably set by Louis Vuitton designer, Nicolas Ghesquière, and his glossy minis that made up his debut collection for AW14. As a pioneer of trends, therefore, all eyes were on this latest offering, to see which silhouette might reign champion this time around. From Kanye West and Michelle Williams on the front row, to the incredible setting (the show was set at the house belonging to late comedian Bob Hope, and is famous for its space-age architecture), this was one fashion spectacular that left us California dreamin’.
Circling the pool, the models marched out in maxi skirts and desert boots, with cut-away panels and studded leather belts that crossed at the midriff. There were chain prints, a take on paisley and intricate, zig-zag hems on long skirts. Boxy biker jackets in glossy leather and the most irrisistible of suedes stood alongside metallic quilted coats, while that infamous monogram appeared on vanity cases and perspex box clutches.
So what else do you need to know? Well, although the model army was predominantly a mixture of ’70s savanna girls and tough, warrior princesses, there were also distinct nods to the ’80s with technicolour make-up and gelled hair. And, the statement zips that Ghesquière so loved last season were brought back and could be seen on floor-sweeping frocks.
We’ve got to give a mention to those hotpants as well; hemlines were eye-wateringly high and paired with pinstripe shirts and classic tote bags. Remember last year’s obsession with sporty sandals and Birkenstocks? Well, loosely tailored trousers were worn with wedge flip flops at LV Resort, which, when paired with the luxe vanity case, actually made for a surprisingly chic combo.
It was as dreamy as any Louis Vuitton collection we’ve ever lusted over, and every bit as Instagram-able. Which is why we’ve rounded up the best from social media for you to enjoy, to make you feel as if you were there.You know, sitting right next to Kanye in his hoodie.
By Hannah Banks-Walker