s/s 2009 paris: louis vuitton.
since the death of yves saint laurent in june, there has been no shortage of tribute collections and references during the resort and spring shows. but who would have thought that the best one would come from a little kid from teaneck, new jersey. today's vutton show was loosely inspired by ysl's high influential opium collection, but you could also see french, african, and american notes tossed in. on the surface, with the overload of animal prints, color and bold accessories, it may have been too much, but marc and his team of stylists, edited down the looks just enough to make a statement without shouting.
skirts and shorts were short--the former sometimes had dotted tulle underneath or came delicately pleated with side buttons while the latter came piped in gold or in cool wavy prints. jackets came in every shape imaginable: colorblock scuba, cutaway boleros, double-breasted matador, cap sleeve with piping where seaming was, or traditional blazers wrapped and belted. silk pajama pants sat on the hips in earthy polka dot, while high waist chambray pants were topped with coordinating workshirts.
the ending section was mostly black, with touches of gold, bronze, violet and olive, and the overall glam factor was high. i wasn't as crazy about the feather dresses or skirts (too lanvin), but the bold shoulder tops, belted leather metallic jackets, gorgeous new takes on the tuxedo, and the strapless cocktail dresses were amazing. jacobs has said on more than one occasion that ysl was the designer who inspired him the most, the one that made him get into fashion. this show was a wonderful was for marc to say 'thank you.'
pics from catwalking