The Spring/Summer 2023 Collection, which highlights femininity, alters the play of proportions by employing emphasis as a figure of fashion, where the endlessly huge and infinitely little come together in a single form.
The Maison’s hallmarks, which have been embedded in Louis Vuitton’s DNA, take on an exaggerated aspect and become essential to the story of the collection. Finding this new scale equilibrium, clasps become belt buckles, zippers and snaps are oversized, and a piece of leather is transformed into an outfit.
By focusing on certain pieces of a woman’s wardrobe, sizes and proportions are reimagined to produce shapes where the details take centre stage. While the folds of a kilt are extended and transformed into flat pleated gowns, adding a whimsical and distinctive element, belts printed with a 3D look take on a trompe l’oeil impression.
Additionally, Nicolas Ghesquière utilises stitching that imitates a macro tweed, made by 3D scanning each picture and enlarging it to emphasise each thread and its texture. A few bags take on excessive embellishments while others are reconstructed with dramatic dimensions using emphasis as a figure of fashion.
Louis Vuitton’s Spring-Summer 2023 Collection is shown in the Louvre’s Cour Carrée, once more amid the opulent setting of Paris. For the first time, Nicolas Ghesquière has enlisted the help of production designer James Chinlund and Philippe Parreno, a renowned member of the French contemporary art scene.
The set is focused on a brightly red “monster flower” with golden stamen that soar up dramatically into the Parisian sky, surrounded by metal grills, mirrors, and a plethora of lightbulbs that resemble a fairground attraction.