While the two main fashion collections — Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter — used to be the ones taking up all the spotlight, fashion houses have really started to appreciate the trans-seasonal collections in recent years, with many of the bigger names from Chanel to Dior taking their runway presentations to unique locations around the globe. While this special treatment was usually reserved for Resort collections — this year has seen a distinct shift in tide.
With Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld hosting his Pre-Fall 2019 show at the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli taking his all the way to Tokyo, trans-seasonal collections seem to be finally getting the attention they deserve. Over at Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière has also decided to shake things up, but rather than hosting a fashion show for Pre-Fall 2019 like his designer peers — he’s decided to forego the catwalk altogether. Instead, he’s called up 17 of his celebrity friends — including Thandie Newton, Laura Harrier, Michelle Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Chloë Grace Moretz, Alicia Vikander, Sophie Turner and more — to model his designs for a special star-studded lookbook.
Such a gesture is not simply a play on star power, as each of these women were chosen to ‘illustrate the diversity of feminine expression’. According to Ghesquière, “These women embrace the various personalities that embody fashion at Louis Vuitton. Be they stars or new faces, all of them share the same willpower, and confidence in their choices, and at the same time, reflect the eclecticism of the female identity.”
The collection itself is sophisticated yet spontaneous, and evokes an autumnal atmosphere — a season that boasts an epiphany of colours. Whether it’s the bucolic prints and checks reminiscent of comforting tartan rugs blended with strictly tailored lines, streamlined carrot trousers, pleated skirts or rounded coats, these creations are ones that will constantly take you back and forth between the city and the country. There’s also an original version of the house’s monogram, The Monogram Giant, which can be found on the house’s iconic bags such as the Boite Chapeau and the Cannes. Scroll down to see the collection, as seen on these 17 inspiring women from around the world.