For a change, Nicholas Ghesquière has chosen to venture away from the Louis Vuitton Foundation this season, bringing his show to Place Vendôme instead—where a new Louis Vuitton flagship store will call home in 2017. There the brand's flagship-to-be was set up like a classic French salon, but with a new vibe, as one would expect from Ghesquière, as regal high-backed chairs lined the concrete runway in an airy, windowed space.
After a sporty Cruise showing in Rio, this time around Nicolas Ghesquière takes on modern Parisian glamour with a sprinkle of '80s spirit. He was inspired by the women of the 1984 film Rive Droite, Rive Gauche, where "the women are so strong, so sophisticated". This translated into a bold collection where fluid, bias-cut and draped dresses came with cut-outs to the waist and/or shoulders, and textures, embellishments and power shoulders were aplenty, with a bit of disco coming through courtesy of metallic jackets and Lurex pieces. Seeing how the smartphone is a key accessory in our world today, the Petite Malle was turned into a phone case complete with a key-ring attachment—an item that no doubt flew into many a wishlist as it came down the runway.
Later in the day, we go back a little more in time as Miuccia Prada closed Paris Fashion Week with a kitschy '60s-tinged collection for Miu Miu SS17. The show started on a sombre note with looks of beige, khaki and black infused with smocked details, with punches of fiery red in between, but it soon took a turn for a playful summer mood with dresses in the '60s silhouette, pantsuits, coats and swimwear doused in eye-catching retro stripes, daisies and abstract art prints. In the footwear department, pool slides and sandals came in bright, vivid hues, some with flower appliques to really set the mood for summer, and platforms featured pretty seabed wedges—waves and seashell motifs included.