Saturday 17 December 2011

    Carousel of Pastel Delights

    A sugar-spun ride :: Louis Vuitton spins candyfloss carousel.

    Sugar and spice and all things nice. That’s what little girls are made of…

    “A frosted sugary, sponge sugar type of feeling — like wrappers on a candy.” 

    Marc Jacobs, Le carrousel, the circular dance of fashion.

    Perched side-saddle on an old-fashioned white merry-go-round, Louis Vuitton’s belles

    came wrapped in broderie anglaise in baby doll tones of cupcake or candyfloss.

    Tinkling music signalled the start of the show, with models each poised sweetly atop whitewashed horses

    on a spinning carousel, hooves studded with an “LV” monogram.

    Round and round they went, descending one at a time, in sugary sweet 1960’s inspired looks.

    ice-cream pastels hues ~ baby blues and pinks, dreamy peach, soft yellows and mint greens

    silk organza layering, tweeds, ostrich feathers and

    peekaboo cutouts of lasercut flowers and giant broderie anglais.

    … swing coats in pastel tweets with exaggerated peter pan collars, lace, dipped in ice cream shades and coated a million different ways adorning dresses, blouses and skirts, floral appliqué creating dreamlike textures and even a touch of girlish rocker edge in the form of a luxe powder blue crocodile biker jacket. For cocktail and evening, lightweight ostrich feather fringe pulsated gently off of ultra-feminine tweed suiting or adding an additional layer of soft dreaminess to floral cut-out beehive dresses. Ally Pyle

    A lady upon a white horse

    And for the fairytale finale, there was Kate Moss,

    cloud-like in a shimmer of fluffy white feathers and daisy-cut out anglaise, the icing on Vuitton’s cake.

    The meaning of the carousel for Jacobs: It’s also a bit of a metaphor about this cycle of fashion and how it goes around and around, and regardless of what your references are, whatever you choose to look at, it’s just cyclical…We had one of the horses in the office, because all the girls had to pose on it during the fittings. So I did get on it and did some crazy poses.

    Jacobs told AFP he went for a look that was “soft, soothing, gentle, light, tender, feminine, airy, loving”. Ultra-light, frothy pastel organza was laid over white broderie anglaise, laser-cut lace or crisp georgette crepe, with fabrics layered up to four times to produce the desired effect, he explained.

    Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 @ courtyard of the Louvre Museum.

    Accessories: Patent high-heeled mules, Lockit and classic Speedy bags in hyper-luxurious fabrics like whitewashed crocodile and deer, hair pulled back into chignons under thin silver tiaras on every head.

    Monogrammed napkins, trays embossed with LV displayed a selection of sweets, macarons, coffees and, of course champers, and were carried by white clad waitresses in immaculate LV-logo perforated white gloves.


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