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Looks from the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2021 runway

A virtual escape to the Michelangelo Gallery at the Paris Louvre, the setting for the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2021 collection.

It’s with absolute certainly that when I say, we could all do with a little escape. A 10-second, eye-closed moment of our wonderful place. A faraway sun-drenched island: ocean breeze; salt-laced air. A hidden retreat: linen-scented candles; the soft hum of a singing bowl. Or for Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière: a moment of antiquity. A retrospective of the Golden Age. The Age of Enlightenment. The eras that shaped the framework of our civilisation. Brought to life in the hallways of the Louvre’s Daru Galleries and Michelangelo exhibit (thereby also saving 70% of show set materials!). Created a collaboration with renowned artistic design atelier, Fornasetti.

In short, Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2021 delves into Fornasetti’s enchanting world of hand-drawn designs, featuring a special selection of the 13,000 piece archive chosen under the discerning guidance of Barnaba Fornasetti, the artistic director of the Fornasetti atelier. In many ways, it’s a definitive showcase of the Houses’ shared love for tradition carried out with an experimental edge. The illustrative, solemn stares of the mythical Roman-Greco figures are laser printed, embroidered, jacquard woven –intertwined — upon Ghesquière’s contemporary pieces of tailored separates, shiny jersey tops, velvet dresses and oversized outerwear. A world apart from its antique surrounds of Greek, Etruscan and Roman sculptures, yet all synced in creative conversation.

“With this collaboration, I wanted to use the pieces to evoke the continuing modernity of Fornasetti’s artistic world,” Nicholas Ghesquière explained when explaining about the collection. “Fornasetti’s enduring body of work is the realisation of a remarkable hand-drawn technique and magical take on the world and I am particularly drawn to the way Fornasetti re-explored the reworked the heritage of classicism and ancient Rome, adding new references to historical imagery.”

If you loved the Renaissance details, look out for a wider capsule collection scheduled to be unveiled at later date. It will feature more Louis Vuitton favourites covered in Fornasetti’s signature black-and-white sketch. A imaginative sneak preview: the popular Cannes bag redrawn in leather and covered in a Fornasetti architectural artwork, reminiscent of the Renaissance-era baptistery in Florence — much like the cylindrical casing of the Italian interior brand’s candles.

Browse the Fall/Winter 2021 looks below.

Read more on the new Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2021 collection here.

Looks from the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2021 runway

After two years writing in luxury retail, Lorria now covers food and drink happenings in Hong Kong. When not taste-testing for the best fries in the city (shoestring, always!), find her at home obsessing over tableware and attempting a fruit garden on her tiny bay window. She is happiest by the ocean with a giant fishbowl-glass of Aperol Spritz.

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