Vuitton sans contrefaçon
The epitome of Parisian-chic. My new-dream wardrobe. Best skirts, hair, accessories, mix of pinks of blacks. I am more in love with Vuitton than ever.
Few are unaware of my love for
God Marc Jacobs, expressed here, and as a direct consequence, for a brand that has never left me indifferent, although my perception of it has altered and evolved throughout the years, and that I regard today as the ultimate French luxury brand: Louis Vuitton. I must also admit that, as a handbag-lover, I have not-so-secretly coveted for many years now the least-it-bag, least-monogrammed of the range: the Speedy 30 in black épi leather.
A few weeks ago, one of the most beautiful collections of the Autumn-Winter 2009 season took place in a transparent tent in the Louvre courtyard, reminiscent of Pei‘s glass Pyramide du Louvre.
A collection made of classic quality pieces: black grosgrain, lace and ruffled dresses, a perfectly cut blazer, the finest woollen coats and essential leather bags, associated with more quirky it-pieces such as thigh-high leather boots, platform heels with ribbons, puffy shoulders, bubble skirts and chunky necklaces.
A very feminine – almost
girly, non! mademoiselle collection – dominated by shades of coral, salmon, pink, black, emerald and versailles. And THE monogram detail that I surprisingly found myself in awe with: the half-black, half-monogram tights: but caution! I suspect the legging-effect only suits Uliana Tikhova.
Definitely one of my Paris coup-de-coeur.
And although Louis Vuitton does not exactly produce leather-free bags – it would be an oxymoron, wouldn’t it? – the brand has got strong ethical values like Stella McCartney – my new criteria to select designers? definitely a convincing argument at least! Just have a look at their environmental and CSR practices here (I should know, I did my dissertation on this aspect!), and you will not be guilty anymore about spending £620 for your Speedy.
A luxury? Definitely. But especially during a crisis, talk about sound and timeless investment! (I want it!)
Pictures credits: Louisvuitton.com and Style.com.