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Louis Vuitton Closes Paris Fashion Week with a Parade of Aristocratic Sneakerheads

Fashionista | Alyssa Vingan Klein

Back in January, Louis Vuitton debuted what might go down as one of the most-hyped (and most profitable) fashion collaborations of all time: a collection in partnership with iconic skate brand Supreme, which designer Kim Jones unveiled on the label’s Fall 2017 men’s runway. On Tuesday evening in Paris – mere months after the range finally dropped over the summer – the French house held its Spring 2018 women’s show at the Louvre, and it’s clear that creative director Nicolas Ghesquière was inclined to ride the lucrative streetwear wave for at least another season. Aside from an impressively stacked front row, the most notable aspect of the crowd was the sheer quantity of Louis Vuitton x Supreme clothing and accessories, which showgoers wore to flex for the photographers, so it’s not all too surprising that the LVMH giant is continuing to court the sneakerheads.

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For spring, Ghesquière mixed the modern with the historical, beginning with the venue: The runway was staged inside the medieval wing on the ground floor of the Louvre, lined with exposed bricks that made up the walls of a fortress, which protected the former royal palace from invasions as early as the 12th century. Always a master at taking elements of classical tailoring and giving them a futuristic twist, Ghesquière looked to “18th-century French aristocratic garments” as a starting point for the collection, according to the show notes. The doublets, tie-neck silk blouses, ruffled sleeves, and rich brocades that were once fit for a king were cut in cropped silhouettes and paired with sporty, striped separates, athletic shorts, metallic pants, and – what else? – clunky basketball sneakers. The latter gave a casual slant to the range’s flowy, feminine dresses, as did the tearaway and cuff details on trousers, some of which had ruffles themselves. Several dresses had nipped-in, hourglass waists as if corsets hid underneath, but in lieu of old-fashioned evening gowns, Ghesquière showed glittery party dresses with intricate beading and fringe.

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Another element that may have been influenced by the success of the Supreme collab was the use of the LV logo on checked T-shirts – which will surely reach must-cop status as quickly as the sneakers. And as a bit of a pop culture-savvy surprise, Ghesquière snuck in a Stranger Things tee, too, as a nod to his favorite guilty-pleasure Netflix series (that conveniently returns for season two later this month). Celebrity designers, they’re just like us.

See every look from the Louis Vuitton Spring 2018 collection in the gallery here

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