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5 things you may not know about Louis Vuitton's Fall 2017 collection

Distinctively American sportswear-inspired, Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Collection features luxe but surprisingly wearable pieces constructed in ways you may not have expected. Here are five things to know about the collection

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It celebrates a borderless world

As the world continues to work on building boundaries, either between countries (say, in the form of a wall) or between people, designer Nicolas Ghesquière envisioned a borderless, nomadic world undivided by frontiers of all kinds in the creation of the collection.

This is why you may have noticed that pieces have seamlessly merged the styles of great American sportswear classics together with Slavic accents, taken inspirations from the past and fused them with contemporary silhouettes, and injected urban classics with the enchanting lure of folklore elements.


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Plastic? No, that’s velvet devoré.

We promised unexpected, so here’s one: You could be forgiven for thinking that some of that shiny, plastic-like fabric worked into certain pieces in the collection is, indeed, made of plastic, but that’s actually velvet devoré. Wait, velvet, what?

Originating from the French word for devour (dévorer), devoré is a special fabric technique involving the literal devouring of fabric fibres to create patterns in the fabric. Chemically devouring, that is. To create the special fabric, a chemical gel is applied in patterns onto a mixed-fibre material to dissolve the cellulose-based fibres, leaving behind the semi-transparent protein-based fibres.


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In another display of Ghesquière’s experimental approach to design, the denim-like pants featured in the above look are again, not denim, but tailored cotton jersey treated to achieve a washed denim effect. Pants that combine the softness of cotton jersey with the laidback vibes of denim? Genius.


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Look ma, no boning!

For nomads, protection against the elements is important. Outerwear in varying styles therefore features prominently in the collection, ranging from tweed jackets, to shearling ones, to ones made of fur, and even to vests. Among these, a few stands out for their sculptured, corset-like shapes finished with stiff flares at the ends.

The surprising part? No boning is involved in the creation of the abovementioned flares, just the clever use of fabrics and garment construction techniques. As expected of Ghesquière.


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Masculine blurs with feminine, old blends with new

Still on the subject of outerwear, the blurred borders theme of the collection also means looks were designed to blend and balance masculinity with femininity.

Menswear-inspired jackets were belted at the waist to accentuate the female shape, while neoprene panels were added to toughen up tweed jackets.


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And in the spirit of fusing the old with the new, even a leather coat was given a contemporary update with black neoprene panels down the length of the arms.


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Bring out the chains

Perhaps in a nod to the revival of ‘60s chainmail, jewellery has been worked boldly into the ready-to-wear collection this time: in the form of a chain belt slung around the waist, as chains and tassels draped across jackets, or even hung around necks scarf-esque.


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