Thursday, 1 May 2014

Pastel Shades of Summer ... Louis Vuitton Summer 2014 Collection

Summer is the season where earthy delights thrive in abundance. 

This is the season when the boughs of fruit trees are abundant with sweet-fleshed harvests bursting with juiciness and colours that are inevitably vibrant and eye-pleasing.

In the gardens, summer breeze disperses the pungent aroma wafting from summer blossoms in enticing pastel shades At the beach, the blue shade of the sea softens to one shade lighter with crystalline water glinting as the sun shines over.

Put these beautiful moments and thoughts into a mixing bowl and voila, an indulging summer collection 2014 by Louis Vuitton is born! Recently presented to the Malaysian media at the newly opened Louis Vuitton Global store, the collection provides a total contrary from the gothic/punk-influenced spring collection.

Cheeriness lit the Louis Vuitton Women’s Universe as the area was transformed into one of that chic summer cocktail parties, usually organised by preppy housewives like Bree van der Kamp in Desperate Housewives – and certainly not by the ladies in the Real Housewives series. Adding a zing of summer freshness into the air is a vase of spring blossoms.  

Balloons in candy colours and bottles of brightly hued cordials provide an appropriate prop to the press presentation, subsequently matches with pastel colour scheme of the collection. 

On the ribbed-surfaced console table was an assortment of accessories in macaroon colours such as Louise PM bags and Zippy wallets in Epi leather; floral printed thongs; a pair of flat sunlight espadrilles; two bags - a Cabas GM and Epi leather Neverfull MM; a set of floral printed bandeau and scarf; and a monogram-printed pashmina rolled and tucked inside the Cabas GM bag.

The Cabas GM – a permanent summer staple – is crafted from lightweight cotton trimmed with Epi leather trimming and palladium hardware. The lining is lined with floral printed textile lining to match the coloured trimmings while hook closure provides security to your belongings. 

On the other hand, the Neverfull MM –another Louis Vuitton celebrated icon – is crafted from Epi leather with smooth leather trimming and calfskin/microfiber lining. The bag is also adorned with Fleur D’Epi bag charm.  

Tropical floral prints in ambiguous damask-like approach serve as the basis to entire collection, especially the ready-to-wear line. Wedged sandals with 9.5cm high heels add a dash of drama into the summer looks. 

Crafted from calf leather, the sandals are adorned with LV initials buckles and leather soles. Also available is a 9cm high version in denim with vintage Louis Vuitton “Articles de Voyage” signature on the heel.

Dresses are the key pieces of the collection with relaxed silhouette and peppered with girlish elements such as bowed sash around the waist and soft pleat at the front part of the dress’s skirt. Hemlines are kept above the knees while the bodices are made to conform to the torso but sans constriction. 

Hint of classic French peasant dress can be seen in the blue dress with slight pleated front detail on the skirt. As summer is about freedom and soaking in the carefree spirit, the floral printed shirtdress purveys laidback and ease.

To punctuate the looks are accessories such as 25mm mini belts, Epi leather bracelets, pearl and gold necklace, and the lovely cup summer M watch. 

Also hot for the upcoming summer is the Aster sunglasses that amalgamates the classic tortoiseshell print with four distinctive and solid pastel hues – fuchsia, coral, petrol blue and yellow.

Louis Vuitton summer 2014 collection is available now at Louis Vuitton Global Store, Starhill Gallery.

*Photos courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Global Store – Indulge Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

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