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Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2011

Who said Art Deco was over?

Design director at Louis Vuitton, Julie de Libran, described this collection as a homage to the late Louise Borjeous' fabric designs. Of course, this collection has undoubtedly taken reference from the 1920's and 30's, looking at not only the garments, but predominantly the accessories and headwear. The 1920's vibe can be seen here in the 'flapper' form, but of course it's got Marc Jacobs' magic touch to it, naturally avoiding the cliché which forms after many years of 20's notability.

The skirt length seen above is a turning point in fashion, as from just a few years ago, designers reinvented the 'maxi', which swiftly turned to the 'midi' as a fashion statement. These 'midi' styles are extremely reminiscent of the 1920's flapper girls but with the Vuitton element of super-luxe, it becomes 21st Century fashion at it's most desirable.

A noted element of surprise was the return of Art Deco. The striped dresses, capes and coats all felt a touch of the Art Deco art era and the muted autumnal colour palette both made the collection feel uber sophisticated and that these clothes are worth serious dollar.

It's interested to note how the trends have carried through from last season. The wide legged trousers from the upcoming SS11 trends will be ushered through to Autumn and Winter. The capes have been reinvented with shearling and leather and are even bigger than last season.

My favourite thing about this collection is the continual reinvention of the statement Louis Vuitton bag. I've never really been a lover of the LV bag, simply because you can spot one a mile off and they've become the accessory of the WAG's. This is different. The colour blocking and fabric are so unlike the usual LV bags that it's definitely a turn in the right direction for the future.

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