Virgil Abloh took over one of the French capital’s most picturesque squares for his Louis Vuitton show and urged a digitally “oversaturated” world to drop its smartphones and “smell the roses”.It was quite a declaration for a creator who seems to spend half his life teasing his four million followers on Instagram with his latest genius ideas.On the historic Place Dauphine, a stone’s throw from the label’s studios, the American cut loose with his idea of “boyhood bliss” with models carrying kites, red balloons and bundles of wild flowers.Vuitton clad street vendors handed out crepes with Nutella and champagne, and the square’s cafes, bookshop and park benches got a Vuitton rebrand.The makeover even extended to Louis Vuitton tablecloths and ashtrays.Only 24 hours before, the first black American to lead a major Paris house had filled a converted market with a field of white carnations for his own label, Off White.Abloh seems to be channelling Lagerfeld’s famously decadent Paris fashion shows at the Grand Palais, where a star studded group of his friends and colleagues gathered to remember to the “Kaiser” Thursday, four months after his death aged 85. ‘Smell the roses’ “Stopping to smell the roses de programmes the mind and makes new space for freedom of thought,” Abloh insisted, in this age “oversaturated with views and visual data”.The designer adorned his pastel toned Vuitton spring summer collection with sprays of wild flowers but he was sparing with them in keeping with label’s classy casual tradition.Belgium’s Dries van Noten, however, went floral fantastic, sowing his flowery prints into more than three quarters of his hugely impressive collection that he insisted was “cocky, feral, flashy. And virile to the max.”The Flemish “king of prints” sewed sequin petals onto a killer white denim jacket and a more formal black one, before delivering a lesson in tailoring with a line of eight button, double breasted suits and flowing navy coats that brought to mind the graphic novel hero, Corto Maltese.Tucked at the waist, Van Noten added a double back pleat to many of his more formal jackets, overcoats and trenchcoats.
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