The Fondation Louis Vuitton, Frank Gehry’s new masterpiece (in this case the word might be an understatement), was gleaming above the Bois de Boulogne in the October sun. In the Paris show venue stakes, Nicolas Ghesquière zoomed out so far ahead today, his fellow designers will be wrenching their necks to get a look. Ghesquière is used to being in the lead. His debut collection for Vuitton last March, his first after a year’s absence from the runway, sent ripples through fashion that are registering this season with an industry-spanning 1970s revival.
His terrific show today began with a video clip of youthful faces speaking in unison lines that had been lifted and modified from the 1984 David Lynch film, Dune: “A beginning is a very delicate time…Day zero in the heart of the project, code-named GEHRY014…A ship surrounded by a gigantic woodland, a ship made up of 3,600 glass panels and 15,000 tons of steel, a ship that serves as an incubator and ignites our fellow creative minds…Oh, yes, I forgot to tell you, today, October 1, the LV house wants to explore the ability to travel to any part of the universe without moving. The journey starts here.”