Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cruise Control

Today we viewed the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2010 and Men's Pre-collection Spring/Summer 2010 ranges at the Louis Vuitton VIP room in downtown Auckland. Marc Jacobs has outdone himself, and that's saying something, with the French Coquette-inspired Cruise range - a spirited, sparkling collection that will have LV lovers the world over re-organising their wardrobe (or trunk) to make space for a collection that is literally shimmering with gems. Nautical themes tie in to cinched dresses that effortlessly harbour one of the most challenging partnerships in fashion; stripes and polka dots together. The sparkle that shines is omnipresent; shimmering monogram-stamped sequins, Swarovski crystals and elements of Vuitton's famous luggage are incorporated into heels, boots and clothing emanating a 'cool couture' attitude. But wait there's more! The new men's collection had Black Senior Fashion Editor Atip W and myself dancing a jig with a small but classically American range replete with bicycle courier-inspired lightweight goodies, and a fabulous 60's college jacket that is beyond "must have." All-in-all, two stunning summer collections that point strongly to great things coming from Marc Jacobs and the iconic brand. The Cruise range can be seen here at ILVOELV.