Françoise Hardy. Catherine Deneuve. Loulou de la Falaise. Betty Catroux. The list of long-legged, free-spirited 1970s French beauties is endless and continues to be an alluring source of inspiration—and envy—for women across the globe. That carefree nonchalance has been running through several of the collections we’ve seen so far this season, and Louis Vuitton’s resort presentation yesterday was no exception. With little more than artfully rumpled hair to accessorize their looks, models sauntered around wearing frayed denim A-line skirts, light floor-length chambray dresses, and the kind of charming indigo clogs to make Jane Birkin green with envy. That loose, laid-back vibe came through to evening too, with a gorgeous long bias-cut dress with patchwork-like panels, and a petal-strewn cocoon coat that had all the easy glamour of a vintage silk dressing gown. To counter that, a shorter, more gamine silhouette and the oversize tee in duchesse satin that was paired with a matching miniskirt was a more casual take on the classic summer shorts suit.
That undone approach to dressing carried through to the accessories, and a simple fold-over pochette was devoid of hardware—or eye-catching logos for that matter. The same was true of the shoes, which were simple ankle strap sandals or tomboyish tasseled loafers. Those down-to-earth values felt in step with the current mood for quiet, easy luxury—particularly in a season that’s underscored by the idea of leisure—a desirable je ne sais quoi indeed.
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