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It's here! After being appointed creative director of Louis Vuitton in November—following Marc Jacobs' resignation from the post—the world finally lays eyes on Nicolas Ghesquière's vision for the brand. But before the show began, the former Balenciaga designer paid respects to his predecessor in a sweet, earnest note that was laid on each seat. It read, in part, "I salute the work of Marc Jacobs, whose legacy I wholeheartedly hope to honor." Jacobs launched ready-to-wear for Louis Vuitton, which was founded on and is still very deeply rooted in leather goods. This only magnified the anticipation of another designer's vision for the house.
One of the first differences attendees noted was the sheer lack of decoration in the show space: Jacobs was known for elaborate sets, but Ghesquière chose to go with a blank box. The Wall Street Journal noted that "fewer journalists and more clients were invited."
The first model out was Freja Beha Erichsen and she arrived to the sound of Kelis. "Nothing about this collection was in homage to, or derived from, anything else: It was Nicolas Ghesquière's new vision for Vuitton—free from Jacobs' ghosts or his own Balenciaga baggage. New prints, new bag shapes, new fabrications, new models," wrote Vogue UK of the collection. Critics were especially fond of the clothes, which is kind of remarkable for a brand that exists on bags-bags-bags-and-shoes: "You couldn't have imagined that Ghesquière's debut Vuitton collection would have so much commercial clout," said Elle UK. Check out the full runway lineup in the gallery above, and look at those lifeblood accessories after the jump.