It was the most anticipated catwalk show of the season. And the fusion of the creativity of Nicolas Ghesquière with the craftsmanship of Louis Vuitton did not disappoint. Ghesquière’s debut collection for the luxury mega-brand was, in our opinion, a triumph.

Backstage, Ghesquière talked of how a new creative process informed the autumn-winter 2014 collection. “I didn’t want to do a theme or a story,” he said of the sixties-inspired A-line numbers, glossy leather jeans and standout pieces such as the ultra-luxe crocodile coat. “Louis Vuitton belongs to everyone — it is that kind of name that has so much language — my vision was of a leather coat and to narrow it down to create a wardrobe.”

The critics were impressed (see our round up of their verdicts on page 7) but perhaps the most closely watched reaction was that of Bernard Arnault, president of LMVH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Arnault spoke for everyone when he declared the collection as “formidable!”.

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What the Critics Say:

“The Louis Vuitton show on Wednesday was a success — for its modernity, its clarity, its decency — and its respect for women… Mr. Ghesquière did a good job of his first outing, although a lot of it followed his previous style at Balenciaga,”
- Suzy Menkes for The New York Times

“Perhaps as a riposte to criticisms that Ghesquière’s innovative design concepts have been at times more visionary than commercial, this collection was resolutely real-life and pragmatic, with more of an attitude of a resort show than a big-statement, main-season one.”
- Hamish Bowles for Vogue

“These were clothes to move through life. They didn’t make a big statement, but in their cleanliness and consistent cool, they have staying power… This was a very effective start.”
- Vanessa Friedman for The Financial Times