The Bag Hag Diaries

Louis Vuitton keeps fashion in check

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LARGER Damier checked patterns on the East-West bag

By the time Marc Jacobs presented his Spring-Summer 2013 collection in New York, which consisted of stripes, bold lines and prints, fashion insiders had already predicted that he would be showing  the same lines (no pun intended) for Louis Vuitton.

I pored over this, and remember telling a foreign editor that I reckon he’d do checks because Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton has done polka dots, and that checks seemed the most relevant choice as it was also tied to the maison’s Damier line.

STRIKING retro style

True enough and like a modern fashion Noah’s Ark, the models in checks descended the four escalators in twos.  The checked patterns came in big and small prints, in blacks, lemon yellows, citrus greens, and neutral grays and beiges.


Quite unlike last season’s collection, which emphasized  rich holographic brocades on coats and those Stephen Jones hats, the Spring-Summer 2013 pieces are minimal, graphic but almost immaculate.

SMALLER Damier checks with a floral print

Last season’s bags were just as rich, with paillettes and buckles. But like this season’s clothes, the bags had a more minimal feel to them and were given the same checkered treatments, from the classic Speedy to East-West top handles and clutches. Even the shoes were sleek and nowhere near chunky; lady-like pointy toes with low, wafer-thin heels were the perfect complement to the checked mini, mid-length and maxi skirts as well as coatdresses.

As Paris Fashion Week drew to a close, everyone agreed—Louis Vuitton really knows how to put on a good show.

Ingrid Chua-Go is the blogger of  www.thebaghagdiaries.com. Follow her on www.twitter.com/thebaghag.

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