Recently there has been a lot of news about the Oculus Rift, the virtual reality total immersion system that will be launched next year. Already this season some leading fashion brands gave fans the option to see their collections via a 360-degree program that changed the users’ perspective when they move their cell phone or tablet. It is clear that fashion shows will soon be facing a paradigm shift in the way the presentations are seen. On Wednesday designer Nicolas Ghesquiere gave the fashion elite another tantalizing taste of things to come.
Not just via the walls of video screens that circled and divided his show space, projecting images that reflected the emotion of his oeuvre or the all-encompassing surround sound that transported the audience rhythmically, but through the clothing itself. Ghesquiere’s collection was also a glimpse into his own vision of what the future holds for fashion.
It is a future that is Japanese anime-tinged and biker gang tough. Designed with the digital age in mind where clothing needs to have a visual impact for a population that lives more through its devices then in RL.
For them Ghesquiere created spliced and diced motorcycle jackets constructed out of strips of easily identifiable Louis Vuitton monogram motifs, crafted heavy metal slip dresses and undulating silver “Tron” puff skirts. Volume, in the form of those puff skirts or cropped cape-like tops, was balanced by scoop back low-slung vests or slim pants that featured rippling color blocking.
The overall effect was a futurism of strong feminism. These are warrior women who are unapologetic, in your face and fierce. They might shimmer and shine but they mean serious business. And soon this collection will also be producing some serious business for Louis Vuitton.