Louis Vuitton invited guests to the Cour Marly in the Richelieu wing of the Louvre this season for the first-ever fashion show to be presented in the heart of the world-famous museum. The idea was to highlight the melting pot of cultures that pass through its halls daily and to embrace globalism at a time when exclusionary, nationalist ideas are taking hold. The first round of France’s election will be held on April 23, and it is widely considered to be what will determine the fate of the European Union—two outsiders like Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen are in the running, the latter being the face of France’s nationalist anti-immigration movement.
With the French house’s foundations rooted in travel and global exploration, Nicolas Ghesquière explored new frontiers, but only in the sense that he worked with new materials. Fur was prominent and there were plenty of chic options like a peach goat hair jacket or a patchwork fur worn on Natalie Westling. Then there were the shiny wool pants treated with techniques to give them a denim effect and a glossy sheen. The best looks, however, were the cobalt blue moto jackets and matching pants worn on Mica Arganaraz and under the fur on Westling. What could be chicer than imagining French women zooming around in looks like these as they head to the polls? The future looks most promising in this direction.