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Fashion The Painstaking Process Behind Louis Vuitton's Latest Collection

The Painstaking Process Behind Louis Vuitton's Latest Collection

The Painstaking Process Behind Louis Vuitton's Latest Collection
By Rosana Lai
By Rosana Lai
September 20, 2018

A glimpse at the exquisite detailing in Louis Vuitton’s fall/winter 2018 collection reveals the painstaking handiwork of the artisans who make the brand synonymous with quality craftsmanship.

With its fantasy spaceship set on an old horse courtyard at the Louvre, Louis Vuitton’s fall/winter 2018 runway show felt like something out of the Star Wars saga, but the hands behind the collection were definitively human.

Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille
Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille

A human touch

Beyond the space-suit shoulders and neoprene fabrics that fed the futuristic theme, most pieces were balanced by old-school tailoring.

Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille
Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille

Meticulous methods

A Louis Vuitton artisan embroiders fabric with the hook and needle technique.

Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille
Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille

Details, details

This melding of modern and classic has long been a mark of the French fashion house, and especially so since Nicolas Ghesquière took the helm as artistic director. The juxtaposition was embodied this season by a beautiful bustier crocheted by hand to make a precise waterfall pattern.

Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille
Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille

Elegant embellishment

The opening look of an intricate tweed jacket adorned with metal chains that mimicked motherboard circuitry. Each delicate string was painstakingly hand-stitched with the hook and needle technique to create the interlaced chain embroidery

Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille
Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille

 No shortcuts 

The precise, intricate beadwork formed an organised asymmetry of patterns, clearly demonstrating there are some things that can only be done by hand.

Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille
Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille

Better in leather 

Given Louis Vuitton’s history as a maker of leather trunks, it would be hard to ignore the latest leather accessories.

Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille
Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille

If the shoe fits

As well as the classic flat purses rebelliously held sideways, the shoes that walked the runway were works of art in their own right. 

One of the opening stunners is made of white ostrich leather, with the shape hand-cut before each dot was hand-painted and python leather was added over the heel

Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille
Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille

Step by step

After the delicate black leather arch is assembled, the gold harness detail is added.

Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille
Photo: Courtesy of Gregoire Vieille

The grand finale

In contrast to the heavy-duty Archlight sneakers of seasons past, this ladylike shoe with equestrian detailing not only played to the 19th-century setting, but was a reminder of LV’s reverence for craftsmanship no matter how much it embraces modernity.

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