For Pre-Fall 2013, Louis Vuitton continued the 60s-inspired, mod, and ultra leggy theme first explored in the label’s Spring 2013 collection.
And, as in the Spring 2013 show, the looks were presented on paired, semi-identical models–perhaps in homage to the work of legendary fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez, whose photographs, incidentally, inspired Jason Wu’s Pre-Fall collection.
The models cast in the show–sporting Peggy Moffit bowl-cuts and Twiggy side-parts–also recalled the era during which Lopez’s sketches leapt off the pages of publications like WWD and Vogue. It was a heady time, in which Mary Quant’s mini-skirt ushered in a post-pants wave of liberation.
Half-circle skirts and short-suits recalled the matchy aesthetic of Barbara Hulanicki’s Biba. Biba’s Art Nouveau-by-way-of-60s-London vibe could also be discerned within scrolling floral prints that added devilish dash to modestly prim shapes; Style.com notes that the collection’s studio director, Julie Libran was buzzing about the influence François Truffaut’s The Bride Wore Black had on the assortment.
Shifting dramatically from Spring 2013′s presentation that featured a more overt brand of sweet, these clothes offered intriguing bite while maintaining feminine charm.