Louis Vuitton FW22: Unbridled Youth


Louis Vuitton recommences an essential journey in youths and celebrates the beautiful volatility of adolescence in its Fall/Winter 2022 collection.

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Earlier this month during Paris Fashion Week, Nicolas Ghesquière unveiled the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2022 collection at the Musée d’Orsay. The French fashion powerhouse’s artistic director dedicated the collection to “youth, in all its vivid romanticism, inspiring idealism, hope for the future and for a better world”. As illustrated in the clothing, its fabric is loud in its pattern, material and layering (or all in one).

Youthful Sentiments of Unbridled Style

The show opened with ‘Squid Games’ star and Vuitton global brand ambassador HoYeon Jung. After her victory at the Screen Actors Guild Award 2021, Jung returned to her modelling roots wearing a classic button-up pair with a floral tie, an oversized aviator jacket, loose-fitting striped trousers and hybrid sandal loafers.

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The models glided and strode between marble sculptures in loafers, sneakers and knee-high boots. The open-toe concept, which Ghesquière prominently favoured in his vampiric and timeless Spring/Summer 2022 Collection last October made an appearance in the Fall/Winter line as well.

Known for creating contrasting universes, Ghesquière certainly delivered again for this runway show. Inspired by youthful self-expression, the designer conceptualised this ready-to-wear collection for mixing and matching according to moods. Guests saw an ensemble of oversized garments and relaxed silhouettes — decorated neck-ties, huge cardigans, boxy jumpers, wide-shouldered jackets, structured tweed pinafores and floor-sweeping trousers.

The collection exudes an air of professional chic — a blend of traditional feminine elegance and street coolness, with introspective nuances and unexpected elements. Androgynous tailoring was met with punkish details, while rugby polo tops corresponded to movement-inducing mille-feuille dresses.

David Sims’ photographs from the 1990s are put on and embroidered onto some — recalling graphic concert t-shirts, posters on a teenager’s bedroom and the never-ending floral trend. The fashion house shines the spotlight on “the impermanence and beautiful volatility of adolescence”, where taste is but a personal construct. After all, most of our transient teenage years are where character development occurs that might have heavily influenced our fashion choices.

The collection’s core is the youthful sentiment of casual, yet precise styling. In this day and age of creativity, concepts of fusion are not strange to witness but much celebrated instead. “I would like people to sense that it’s a collection without constraint, that’s focused on freedom of movement, ease, and total comfort even though it involves very meticulous work in terms of materials,” says Ghesquière.

Honouring Art

Home to some of the most riveting masterpieces, it is the first time the Beaux-Arts style museum has hosted a fashion show. The house of Louis Vuitton described a long-term partnership with the art museum that “honours art and architecture, tradition and modernity, excellence and innovation, and the promotion of French culture and savoir-faire.”

Ghesquière tells WWD that he is grateful to present the new collection at the Musée d’Orsay, which has always been a natural source of inspiration for him. Staged in the museum’s Galerie Courbet, the decision was deliberate to have minimalistic scenography amplify the classical architecture.

Watch the full fashion show below.

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