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Nicolas Ghesquiere The Visionary Is Back

In the 15 years that he helmed Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquiere was lauded as a fashion seer, the industry’s most directional designer who advanced women’s wear aesthetically, technologically and emotionally. Every one of his collections looked and felt at once new and beautiful. Then he joined Louis Vuitton, the world’s biggest luxury fashion house, in 2013 and while he’s always remained a favourite, he’s never quite consistently made the same impact.

Of course, he’s produced hits: namely the Petite Malle minaudiere and Twist shoulder bag, an impressive feat considering how he was never much of an accessories guy at Balenciaga. And he’s introduced that French cool girl je ne sais quoi so intrinsic to his designs (with some help from his muse/stylist/BFF/ultimate French cool girl Marie Amelie Sauve, and unexpected A-list collaborators ranging from Juergen Teller to Selena Gomez).

But the bold, futuristic vision with which he transformed Balenciaga into the brand to be seen in has never been as pronounced and desirable – until now. Watching the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2017 show live from the front row, editor Noelle Loh highlights the looks and pieces that’ll get everybody excited again.

#1: The warrior-esque day dresses - in sinuous jersey and silk, belted, slashed in the most unexpected of places, emblazoned with glitter, and his most refined renditions yet
#1: The warrior-esque day dresses - in sinuous jersey and silk, belted, slashed in the most unexpected of places, emblazoned with glitter, and his most refined renditions yet
#1: The warrior-esque day dresses - in sinuous jersey and silk, belted, slashed in the most unexpected of places, emblazoned with glitter, and his most refined renditions yet
#1: The warrior-esque day dresses - in sinuous jersey and silk, belted, slashed in the most unexpected of places, emblazoned with glitter, and his most refined renditions yet
#2: The tailoring - oversized, men's inspired and very reminiscent of the sculpted shapes he was so famous for at Balenciaga
#2: The tailoring - oversized, men's inspired and very reminiscent of the sculpted shapes he was so famous for at Balenciaga
#2: The tailoring - oversized, men's inspired and very reminiscent of the sculpted shapes he was so famous for at Balenciaga
#2: The tailoring - oversized, men's inspired and very reminiscent of the sculpted shapes he was so famous for at Balenciaga
#3: The wet look leather wardrobe - from an LBD of bustier to coats that look right out of The Matrix, they're one of the most modern takes on '80s cool this season
#3: The wet look leather wardrobe - from an LBD of bustier to coats that look right out of The Matrix, they're one of the most modern takes on '80s cool this season
#3: The wet look leather wardrobe - from an LBD of bustier to coats that look right out of The Matrix, they're one of the most modern takes on '80s cool this season
#4: The see-through evening dresses - some of Ghesquiere's most feminine designs in his entire career, expect to see them on the red carpet everywhere
#4: The see-through evening dresses - some of Ghesquiere's most feminine designs in his entire career, expect to see them on the red carpet everywhere
#4: The see-through evening dresses - some of Ghesquiere's most feminine designs in his entire career, expect to see them on the red carpet everywhere
#4: The see-through evening dresses - some of Ghesquiere's most feminine designs in his entire career, expect to see them on the red carpet everywhere
#5: The iPhone case - Ghesquiere cleverly adapts the maison's trunks into one of the most ubquitous accessories around. Don't even try, Taobao.
#6: The draped costume jewellery - they curve around your arm and fingers like fabric without dialling down the tough girl chic
#7: The turban - if there's anyone who can make gypsy chic look modern, it's Ghesquiere
#8: The colour block cowboy boots - Ghesquiere's boots for Louis Vuitton have gained a cult following, and his latest interpretation that plays on western chic is his coolest and one of his most effortless yet
#8: The colour block cowboy boots - Ghesquiere's boots for Louis Vuitton have gained a cult following, and his latest interpretation that plays on western chic is his coolest and one of his most effortless yet
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