It was business as usual for Longchamp as it unveiled its autumn/winter 2021 collection at Paris Fashion Week. Drawing inspiration from the house’s racehorse logo, creative director Sophie Delafontaine took to Paris’ famed Battesti riding hall to house the show.
The collection was first and foremost an exploration of Delafontaine’s fascination with the work of French interior designer Pierre Paulin—his influence most evident in the plush bags and gilets that bore the curves of his quintessential sofa. And if it weren’t immediately obvious with the presence of live stallions, it was also very much a homage to the brand’s equestrian heritage.
Opening the show was Mica Arganaraz, who donned the very Parisian colour combination of navy, cream and a flash of red in a riding ensemble—alongside, aptly, a racehorse. But beyond the thematic affiliations, the accessories of note this season included the likes of a newly introduced monogram bucket hat and the brand’s latest addition to its bag lineup, the Brioche bag. With a wealth of historical references at her disposal, it’s clear elegance and savoir faire runs in this family business.