One of the most intriguing futuristic mind-blowing fashion show was the setting for the LV Autumn-Winter 2016 ready-to-wear collection. A monumental space built alongside the magnificent Fondation Louis Vuitton.
The French artist Justin Morin created 57 silver pillars made from shattered mirrors monumental art sculptures of broken colonnades keeling over with concrete spilling out (inspired by his work “Melted Bones” back in 2011) in collaboration with Nicolas Ghesquière. 200,000 pieces of hand-fixed shattered mirrors, 460ml of lighting cables, 35 tons of dyed gravel and 80 craftsmen worked on the columns.
The Vuitton set was dark with light reflections on the columns of which, when the light bounced off of it created a beautiful crystal feel with models flowing in between on a black and white patterned floor.
The show universe was filled with tensions between seemingly opposing elements – future and retro, eternal and ephemeral, monument and ruin. A blue aquatic mood was offset by crisp white neon lighting and a constantly changing and evolving environment that reflected the story of the collection as it unfolded. Nicolas Ghesquière envisions a “future archaeology” for Autumn-Winter 2016 Women’s Fashion Show scenography. An archaeology which unearths the future. An underwater futurist city like the lost city of Atlantis – a city of glass mirrored relics that are unearthed, damaged and partially destroyed. Broken classical relics of a technophiliac future, pre-smashed and pre-ruined. The installation is housed in a series of black geometric structures that appear to have crash landed into one another (source)
All images courtesy of Louis Vuitton