Vuit­ton in starry homage to fash­ion’s ‘Amaz­ing Grace’

Global Times - Weekend - - TRENDS -

Fash­ion gi­ant Louis Vuit­ton bent the knee to leg­endary Vogue stylist Grace Cod­ding­ton in a show in ru­ral Provence pay­ing trib­ute to her dar­ing through the decades.

The Welsh-born creative di­rec­tor at large for Amer­i­can Vogue mag­a­zine is cred­ited with cre­at­ing some of fash­ion’s “most mem­o­rable im­agery” and is known as “Amaz­ing Grace” to her many fans.

Vuit­ton de­signer Ni­co­las Gh­esquiere even sent sev­eral red-haired mod­els weav­ing down a cat­walk be­tween Miro sculp­tures at the Maeght Foun­da­tion art gallery and gar­dens on Mon­day in a nod to Cod­ding­ton’s own trade­mark mane.

The 77-year-old was the long­time right­hand wo­man of Vogue ed­i­tor Anna Win­tour, and the star of an ac­claimed 2009 doc­u­men­tary about the iconic mag­a­zine, The Septem­ber Is­sue.

Gh­esquiere, who has just re­newed his con­tract with fash­ion’s rich­est lux­ury brand, said he wanted to cel­e­brate Cod­ding­ton’s unique eye, and the way she jux­ta­poses clothes and de­signs no one else would dare to.

“Ec­cen­tric­ity is to de­fine your own per­son­al­ity and to mix things in a unique way,” he told AFP. “For me, Grace with her very strong style rep­re­sents a kind of ec­cen­tric­ity.”

The de­signer tried to recre­ate that glo­ri­ous in­di­vid­u­al­ity in 59 looks which cov­ered her time as model in the London of the swing­ing 60s right up to the present.

With Cod­ding­ton look­ing on, Beau­ti­ful Mind star Jen­nifer Con­nelly read from her mem­oir, Grace, as the mod­els traipsed around the art­works in the foun­da­tion’s gar­dens at Saint Paul de Vence.

Con­nelly’s fel­low film stars Emma Stone, Is­abelle Hup­pert and Lea Sey­doux were also in the front row to see a col­lec­tion that was strong on a typ­i­cally Cod­ding­ton mix of short skirts, Prince of Wales check jack­ets and lots of spots, stripes and flower mo­tifs.

Cod­ding­ton also de­signed some of the ac­ces­sories to go with the cruise col­lec­tion, with her il­lus­tra­tions of dogs and cats in­ter­twined with Louis Vuit­ton’s fa­mous mono­gram.

Gh­esquiere said he also drew in­spi­ra­tion from works in the Maeght gallery, which in­cludes work by Balthus, Bon­nard, Braque, Calder, Cha­gall, Gi­a­cometti and Leger.

“I also wanted to pay homage to this place, which for me is the ge­n­e­sis of [all the other] art foun­da­tions. It is a love story be­tween a fam­ily, artists and ar­chi­tec­ture,” Gh­esquiere said.

The Louis Vuit­ton Foun­da­tion opened its own art gallery de­signed by Frank Gehry in the Bois de Boulogne on the edge of Paris in 2014.

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