Louis Vuitton takes over Pasir Panjang Power Station in Singapore with an electrifying show
For Spring 2023, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière zoomed into the smallest of functional details and supersized them for maximum impact.
Milan Fashion Week has concluded and Paris Fashion Week rolled over with every major fashion brand showcasing their collections and presentations in Paris. Back at home, Singapore got its very own runway show thanks to Louis Vuitton, who took over Pasir Panjang Power Station last Wednesday (1 March) with an electrifying display.
Louis Vuitton's trunk show invitation is coveted by most celebrities and influencers as this gives them a chance to view the maison's collection upfront and be photographed in their best party wear – in Louis Vuitton, of course. The maison's last show took place in 2021, under super-strict restrictions as Singapore was still reeling from the pandemic's effects.
But fast-forward to today, and it's a different scene altogether as VIPs, members of the media, and celebrity guests congregated at the former power station for a glitzy night of fashion and booze.
The runway, while not as detailed as the maison's SS23 women's fashion show last held at Louvre Palace in Paris, still draws attention thanks to its timeless brick accent walls and the installation of old-school lightbulbs.
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For Spring 2023, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière zoomed into the smallest functional details and supersized them for maximum impact. Teeny dresses drowned in big zippers and giant buttons, bows became larger than life, harnesses dripped off of dresses with floppy, undone belts in jumbo sizes, and giant waist-cincher belts flanked leather babydoll dresses. There were different layers and levels of humour in the collection. The Louis Vuitton home in Asnières was also turned into a dollhouse and carried as a bag.
The creative director also took the Trompe L'oeil to another level with embroidery that resembled macro versions of tweed. The design team used 3-D scanners to transfer fabric images to computers and blow them up to 500 per cent, in order to highlight each thread and all of its texture. A blouse closure from Ghesquière's second collection was zoomed in on and turned into an entire dress. "There's an emphasis on the identifiers of femininity," the designer said. "I took a lot of details from previous collections and highlighted them; I deliberately showed because creativity is circular, it loops back."
For the leather goods category, Ghesquière was inspired by the fairytale universe. There is a playful feel across a few models such as the S-Lock XL-shaped bag that's adorned with maxi rivets and a golden LV-circle hot stamped signature; as well as the geometrical-shaped Tilsitt bag, which is a modern representation of an archival bag from the '80s.
The after-party continued on
Spotted at the FROW and after-party were Fann Wong, Fiona Xie, Glenn Yong and Iman Fandi, who were dressed in looks from Louis Vuitton’s cruise 2023 collection. Everyone drank and danced to a DJ set by Ashley Lau, with non-stop flashes in the background because what's a party without the 'gram?
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