De­signer Mood Board: So­phie De­la­fontaine

Longchamp Au­tumn/Win­ter ’18 cel­e­brates the French la­bel’s 70th an­niver­sary this year, with a throw­back to the mai­son’s iconog­ra­phy and a mod­ern free-spirit­ed­ness. By Amy Yas­mine.

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With a his­tory span­ning 70 glo­ri­ous years, how does a lux­ury house keep an eye on the fu­ture and an­other in the past? For Longchamp’s artis­tic di­rec­tor So­phie De­la­fontaine, her an­swer to this is the lat­est Au­tumn/Win­ter ’18 col­lec­tion, which remixes the mai­son’s clas­sic prints and iconic pieces with 21st-cen­tury ir­rev­er­ence. Case in point: Longchamp’s iconic em­blem, a gal­lop­ing horse mo­tif, adorns a sen­sual silk midi dress here, a vel­vet maxi there. On a more whim­si­cal note, the mo­tif’s bri­dle is also trans­formed into graphic stripes, like on a pussy-bow silk dress, com­plete with a horse bit and stir­rups, while other vari­a­tions fea­ture sad­dle­like corset belts. Here, the col­lec­tion de­vi­ates from its hall­mark ’60s mod ap­peal, to ’70s bo­hemia by way of Ste­vie Nicks. Think ex­ces­sively fringed boots, rock ’n’ roll grom­mets, and touches of dark leather on lace, while the mai­son’s lat­est Ama­zone bags punks things up with slinky chains. Bo­hemian rhap­sody, with a Parisian state of mind.

Rugged leather kinked up in all the right places Ex­oti­cleather cigaret­te­case, Longchamp Leather work­ers at Longchamp’s first pro­duc­tion stu­dio in Se­gré, France, built in 1959 Longchamp leather goods show­cased at the Paris Fair in 1948 Turenne Che­vallereau’s il­lus­tra­tion of one of the last mills in the Paris, a land­mark that in­spired the mai­son’s iconic em­blem A Longchamp lug­gage tag from 1949 So­phie De­la­fontaine’s rugged bo­hemian with an eques­trian twist Stir­rup mo­tifs trans­formed into graphic lines French Line liner lug­gage tag

Seven­ties fring­ing with a Left Bank at­ti­tude

A Longchamp ar­ti­san putting to­gether a quilted Ama­zone bag

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