Along with the Louis Vuitton’s Women’s Fall Winter Collection, the french Maison presented an exclusive capsule collection in partnership with the Fornasetti atelier.
Remaining true to the traditional, but still pointing to the future, the collaboration seems to have blended the contemporary vision of Louis Vuitton by Nicholas Ghesquière with Fornasetti’s distinct illustrative signatures.
Ghesquière said: “I was struck by how Fornasetti’s unique aesthetic world could provide the visual and thematic bridge between my fall 2021 collection and the location.” referring to the show’s venue, the Michelangelo Gallery at the Louvre. The runway collection presented back in March was set to be followed by this (much expected) wider capsule.
Ghesquière and his team explored the rich Fornasetti’s archive of prints and paintings searching for images centered on three specific themes, antique statues, cameo portraits, and architecture. Then, they brought the designs and illustrations to the collection using a combination of both traditional techniques such as jacquard and embroidery, as well as cutting-edge techniques like laser printing.
It all comes together for a “unique voyage between experimentation and tradition” as said in the Italian house’s website, where “Fornasetti’s visionary depiction of the world meets the effective blend of Louis Vuitton’s forward-looking creativity and craft.”.
As a result, they arrived to a collection with those beautiful prints featured in silk blouses, mini tunic velvet dresses, printed silk scarves and, of course, the handbags. The brand’s iconic Cannes bag model portfolio is updated in transformed leather with architectural inspiration in black and white. There is also a reinvented Petite Malle made of metallic leather and featuring a dome print. The images of antiquity build a time-traveling aesthetic and the mix is a beautiful creative dialogue between past and future.
The bags have already been popping up on social media in the hands of some of our favourite south-korean stars like Irene Kim, wearing the new Cannes bag paired with a bold look incorporating prints and textures, or Nayeon from the girl group TWICE, who chose the Noe MM Architettura bucket bag, a beautiful piece featuring a signature Fornasetti design of buildings and trimmed with the classic LV’s monogram canvas.
The capsule collection is available in stores worldwide since August 2021, with more information and updates available on louisvuitton.com