Vuitton VIPs boil, Miyake make attire from bananas
By Thomas Adamson ,AP June 28, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
PARIS -- Louis Vuitton boiled celebrity guests in a sweltering greenhouse. Rick Owens caked models in chalk paint, while Issey Miyake made clothes from bananas.
Such was Thursday, an average day of vibrant eccentricity, in Paris' spring-summer 2015 menswear calendar.
Here are the highlights and show reports from Day Two of ready-to-wear.
Celebrities in Heat
The sun was all too much for the front-row at Louis Vuitton.
Unfortunately, the storied Parisian house also hosted the spring-summer show in a real-life greenhouse without air-conditioning — causing "The Hobbit" actor Luke Evans, model Jon Kartagena and American football star Victor Cruz to sweat it out and fan themselves with the program notes as the show started tardily.
Designer Kim Jones traveled to India to conceive the show. Was the hothouse setting his way of making guests embody the geographical theme?
Issey Miyake got it just right. The Franco-Japanese house handed out powder ice-packs before their collection that activate when snapped.
Louis Vuitton's Bright 70s Ode to India
It was Rajasthan in vogue for Louis Vuitton.
Jones gave the legendary northwestern Indian region — known as the land of kings — a stylish reworking with a retro, 70s twist.
Silk organza — inspired by turban fabrics with dynamic zigzag stripes — were reimagined as highly wearable semi-sheer wide short-sleeved shirts. And the colors of double-breasted suits in rust, blue, sage, orange and pink conjured up the sub-continental palette.
Despite the soft colorings, this strong Jones outing also had a stiff military backbone. High-waisted pants with long, straight legs, shiny buckle belts, large uniform-style pockets, epaulettes and military shorts in tan played with vestimentary codes of the Indian army.
The set — huge enigmatic pale discs — went even further back in time, apparently inspired by a Rajasthan king who built an astronomical observatory in the early 18th century. The historic musing spawned dubious classical mirror embroidery — with LV engraved discs — on flight jackets.
But overall the collection got a loud and well-deserved round of applause.
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