As models stomped through the 11th–century dungeon under the Louvre, it became clear the intention was to mesh history with modernity. The collection seamlessly fused together elegant 18th century French aristocratic garments with ‘80s sportswear (prevalent more so in the detailing, from the ergonomic backpack, bold trainers and retro sunnies). “In this location where history is palpable, Louis Vuitton has found its own special significance: travel between the past and the present forever joining together as one,” according to the show notes.
“The Spring-Summer 2018 collection is all about anachronisms,” according to Ghesquière. “Might it be possible to awaken the clothes of long-gone eras and infuse them with the spirit of today?” The result? A remake of the ceremonial dress, embroidered tailcoats tapered over metallic trousers and period dresses worn with uber-chunky sneakers.