Images by Ludwig Bonnet courtesy of Louis Vuitton.
Ladies leaving after what seemed to be a passionate, perhaps secret, encounter in a fancy, decadent hotel came to mind as models walked out of 50 or so doors and strolled down a corridor wearing nothing but lace-lined negligees under long fur or robe-like coats. Even though they appeared to be on their way out, Vuitton's globe trotting woman would not be leaving her boudoir this season, and most certainly not the luxury she is accustomed to.
And this luxury, which the house is known for, took a smart and elegant turn by banishing the infinitely copied Monogram and Damier canvas to emphasize on the unique savoir faire of the maison by focusing on the quality and treatment of the materials. Imitators will have a much harder time emulating favorites like The Pochette Accessoire, the Lockit and the Speedy which were done in marabou, curled goose feather and waxed crocodile with handles in carved, aromatic woods antiqued by hand, horn, or precious stones.
The sensuous allure of this collection not only lied in the silky slips hidden under big masculine overcoats, long velvet dresses and fragile lace, but in the seductive surface treatments and menswear turned feminine through cut and embellishments, feather embroideries and sparkling dégradé effects at the hem.
The color palette, much like Marc Jacobs' eponymous label, was muted and soft with touches of shine. Shades of grey and brown, tan, bugundy, cream, and a flowery prints.
There was a hard romance, decadent vibe, a bit reminiscent of Galliano's former days. The chocolate eye makeup, wine coloured lips and dark short wigs added up to that feeling. Neither decadence (Vuitton SS 2011) nor hotels (Vuitton AW 2011) are new territories for Jacobs, but this time around it was displayed in a more intimate, melancholic manner. Perhaps this self-indulgent woman can only reclaim her sensuality in the intimacy of her boudoir whilst accompanied by her lover.
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