Louis Vuitton knows how to make an entrance. At 10am sharp, steam filled the show tent in the usual location in the courtyard of the Louvre and a train emblazoned with the house’s insignia rolled into the middle of the space – the driver using a whistle that was rumoured to be encrusted with diamonds. Models disembarked from the train, assisted by porters who carried their luggage. And what luggage it was: jewelled holdalls and handbags, hat-boxes and doctors’ bags in tweed and horsehair.
Ankle-length trousers and skirts swung beneath three-quarter-length coats topped with slouchy hats, which gave an early 1920s feel to the collection and harked back to the golden age of steam travel. Texture was piled up in the form of tweeds, satins, wools and velvets in an array of rich reds, violets, burnt oranges, greens and royal blues taken from the clusters of jewels which adorned the clothes. Platform block-toed brogues and double strap Mary Janes completed the look.
The show had to be spectacular as it served as the official opening of the Louis Vuitton-Marc Jacobs exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which runs from 9 March until 16 September. Who wouldn’t want to board the Louis Vuitton train and be whisked away into the world of creative director Marc Jacobs?