Fashion designer Marc Jacobs decided to take a long walk, or rather train ride, down memory lane while launching the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2012 Womenswear Collection. The Louis Vuitton designer came up with an elaborate retro extravaganza to follow up his merry-go-round fashion show from last October. The luxury fashion designer ditched the carousel for an old-fashioned train car that was built from scratch. The train car was attached to a steam engine that chugged into the Cour Caree du Louvre. This wasn’t an empty train either. The passengers were models, wearing designs that seemed like a blast from the past, but which really featured several modern elements.
The models that strutted off the train car look sufficiently glamorous in coats, cigarette pants, dresses, skirts and platform pumps with a mix of subtle and heavy detailing. Large crystal embellishments added to the overall decadent appeal of these Marc Jacobs outfits. The designer has played with a range of textures and materials, combining shine, matte, kangaroo leather, bling and brocade. The brilliant layering is sure to be noted by fashion watchers everywhere. Adding further drama to the luxury fashion show were oversized hats by Stephen Jones. A train attendee carrying up to three bags each escorted the models down the ramp.
Jacobs was apparently interested in “things looking like they were from another time”. He seems to have succeeded. However, comparisons are bound to arise. Jacobs is a showman, but not necessarily the only showman in town. Several years ago, John Galliano had pulled a similar stunt during a fashion show, ensuring that a train carried supermodels into the Gare d’Austerlitz in Paris.