March 5, 2019 / 7:04 PM / 6 months ago

Vuitton tops off fashion season with a museum mash-up

PARIS (Reuters) - Louis Vuitton brought Paris Fashion Week to a close with a novel catwalk gimmick on Tuesday, building a replica of the pipes and scaffolding exterior of the Pompidou modern art center within the heart of the Louvre.

Vuitton, originally a luggage maker now famed for its handbags, is one in a stable of LVMH-owned brands that put on lavish shows in recent days.

Others include Givenchy and Celine, a label which the luxury goods conglomerate is investing in heavily as it expands into menswear too under new designer Hedi Slimane.

Vuitton’s womanswear designer Nicolas Ghesquiere has stamped a futuristic slant on the brand’s look since the start of his tenure in 2014.

His latest collection carried on that trend, with an urban, punk vibe in parts and flashbacks to the 1980s, with bold shoulders and jarring colors.

Film stars from Sienna Miller and Emma Roberts to Justin Theroux hogged the front row, watching models walk past the Center Pompidou-style multi-colored plumbing pipes that contrasted with the classical exterior, inside a grand courtyard of the Louvre museum.

Highlights over the last nine days of Paris fashion week - which closes a month of shows that ran through New York, London and Milan - included the catwalk extravaganzas at Kering’s Saint Laurent, which showcased disco-worthy glow-in-the-dark dresses on a runway under the Eiffel Tower.

Earlier on Tuesday French couture house Chanel unveiled the last collection designed by its late creative chief Karl Lagerfeld, in an emotional tribute against the backdrop of a mocked up Alpine ski resort.

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International fashion houses were also on show in Paris, including MiuMiu, an offshoot of Italy’s Prada.

Its latest range, which drew celebrities such as Elle Fanning and “The Hate U Give” actress Amandla Stenberg to the front row on Tuesday, featured dark, gothic-styled outfits with the occasional pop of color in the form of a floral pattern or a brightly colored accessory.

As the show went on, furs and khaki design were introduced, to the sound of a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”.

Reporting by Sarah White and Eile Ni Chianain; Editing by Peter Graff

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