Claire Stemen
Claire Stemen
Claire Stemen likes to think and write about fashion as a vital form of communication. She loves clothing and the way we style ourselves, despite always buying the same black turtleneck over and over again. You can find her on Instagram @claire_stemen, or or at

The Lioness, Nicolas Ghesquière, and the Wardrobe

Every Woman’s Collection: Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2016

louis-vuitton-prefall-fw16-mainIt’s common knowledge to fashionable femmes that the look of a piece changes depending on the wearer. Some brands and styles overshadow their wearers, who fade into the background of a particular piece’s panache.

Such is not the goal of Louis Vuitton, one of France’s — and the world’s — stable producers of luxury style: nor of creative director Nicolas Ghesquière. The Pre-Fall collection is based upon a trinity of concepts that define today’s “modern woman.”

This bold adventuress plays with the blurry lines of gender, weaving in and out of androgyny, yet remaining herself. A feminine frock one day, aggressive leather accents another. Punk-chic tomorrow and prairie goddess this weekend.

Punk-chic tomorrow and prairie goddess this weekend.

Pre-Fall 2016

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The collection hardly bleeds femininity or masculinity, the overall aura being undecided, but comfortably so.

The modern woman is moving, and her wardrobe must reflect that: in terms of functionality, of course. Accents of athletic wear appear in the collection, an affirmation of practicality, as well as aestheticism on Ghesquière’s part. An underlying sophistication, present from the very birth of the label is undoubtedly perched behind such pieces.

With seemingly oxymoronic touches, Vuitton’s Pre-Fall captures the essence of what it is to be a woman today. She is undefinable, yet every bit as sophisticated as the old guard. She is one extreme, but also the other.

Vuitton’s Pre-Fall captures the essence of what it is to be a woman today.

Watching the accompanying video directed by Karim Sadli, one doesn’t wonder why we hardly get a good glimpse at the models and their looks: they hardly have time for us: we the viewers; the voyeurs of the modern woman.

It is up to the wearer to determine how to project meaning onto these pieces. To pick and choose, to decide which goes with what, just as we do when we approach the closet to decide who we are today.


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