After Louis Vuitton’s train extravaganza yesterday, one editor said, “Unless you’re going to stage a fashion show like that, throw a presentation.” Though yes, steamer trains and porters should be required at every fashion show, some don’t need bells and whistles to hold the crowd’s attention. Valentino, for example, sent out a slew of very simple looks so exquisitely made that it was hard not to reach out and touch them.
The leather jumpsuit at left is the best example. While nearly every designer has shown leather for fall, few have attempted the leather onesie. In theory, it sounds like a disaster, but at the hands of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Peirpaolo Piccioli it’s as soft and feminine as one of their white lace dresses—with just a shot of rock ‘n roll. The show notes describe it best: “They indulge in tactile artisan craftsmanship while they reduce a line to its pure architectural essence.”