Louis Vuitton surprises with swinging-60s style
What do you get if you mix up the world's most famous checks and Paris' most famous stripes?
The answer: Louis Vuitton, whose 1960s-style spring-summer fashion show, in typically spectacular style, twinned the iconic checked Damier pattern with a set designed by minimalist artist Daniel Buren.
In fashion terms it was strong, with most of the 64 retro looks delivered in Mary Quant-style checks that made a bold optical statement.
Slightly puffed rounded shoulders, miniskirts, beehives and a few exposed midriffs pointed to one thing: the 'swinging Sixties' are back.
The silhouettes -- often flat and loose -- prioritised the Damier above the female form. It rippled nicely in skirts as the models filed by with handbags.
Louis Vuitton is proud of its tradition, but likes to evolve. The collection banished the ubiquitous monogram for the first time.