I’ll start with the end. Because that’s what shocked me the most! If you’ll just fast forward to the 11th minute and 46seconds of the video you’ll find after the jump, you’ll have the honor of seeing Mr Marc Jacobs in a peculiar shape for his designer reverence. That was the cherry on top of a collection pie that felt pretty awkward already. Now let’s get to l’ordre du jour: the actual Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2011 Collection!
Impressed? No. Surprised? Yes. But not because the collection came across as original or inventive. But because Marc Jacobs is convinced that he can sell us just about anything. And the irony is that he actually can sell us anything! And more: I was right – Qipao seems to be the new black (that and any/animal print)! (let’s talk some more with a selection of pictures from the collection and the video right after the jump!)
What I noticed was that almost everyone, including Louis Vuitton, is migrating towards the very thin stiletto heel. Which proved to be pretty hard to walk in, even for the professional models that walked the Louis Vuitton show. More I look at the images, more I find it difficult to digest the cheap feeling and kitschy-ness of it all.
Sure, Asia is magnificent and the Asian culture has spawned some serious fashinfluence worldwide, sure we can understand Marc Jacobs has a moment of fascination with Asian-anything (either that, or the LVMH group has recently received some Asian financing). However, I won’t understand those who in the name of fashion are willing to accept and praise this kind of collection. It’s fashion, it’s art, it doesn’t have to be accepted by everyone. Still. Why does it have to look so cheap? (photos from the entire collection can be seen here)