Held in the self-effacing industrial cultural landmark that is Pasir Panjang power station, this past Wednesday saw the Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2023 trunk show happen in Singapore. Designed to replicate the original show held at the Cour Carrée—one of the main courtyards at the Louvre Palace in Paris—the venue’s exterior seemed unassuming; a clear juxtaposition to the glamour and allure of the set inside.
Show attendees streamed in decked in their fashion-forward ensembles, from the sharpest tailored suits to enchanting Louis Vuitton numbers. Present that night were regional celebrities and popular influences, including Fiona Xie, Fann Wong, Glenn Yong and the Fandi siblings. Editors, stylists and clients of the maison were in the midst as well, fervently anticipating for the show to begin.
Take a look below at Vogue Singapore’s key highlights from the eventful night.
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It was the second Louis Vuitton show to happen in Singapore
With the first Louis Vuitton spin-off show happening back in March of 2021—unveiling the spring/summer 2021 collection—this show built on the success of the previous one. Remembered as the first physical fashion show since the beginning of the pandemic, the show was a sliver of positivity in a turbulent and uncertain time.
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The collection went against traditional ideas of femininity and beauty
There was a play on proportions seen in many of the looks that night. Supersized zippers, necklines and buckles re-imagined contemporary garments for the modern woman, all with a utilitarian twist. There was embroidery layered over printed tweed, and hyperbolic shoulders and hip detailing. “The idea was to look at something pretty, something sweet, and to see in those elements what strength they have,” shared creative director Nicolas Ghesquière when initially asked about the collection.
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The show was held in a local historical landmark
To the uninitiated, the show venue might seem to just be a forgotten industrial building modelled entirely of brick. Dig a little deeper and one would uncover the culture and legacy of Pasir Panjang power station, which played a vital role in launching Singapore’s big industrial push in the ’60s. Now decommissioned, it has joined its neighbouring power station as an emerging hub for the local fashion and music scene.
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There were an extensive curation of bags on the runway
Accessories have always been a strong point for the maison, and this spring/summer 2023 trunk show was no different. Models strutted down the runway clasping some of the season’s most coveted pieces, from the monogram clutch and Tilsitt bag to the embossed metallic and leather S-Lock numbers. With each bag model available in various finishes and colours, fans are sure to be spoilt for choice.
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There was a energetic after-party with a live DJ
The show had an after-party later in the evening, featuring acclaimed guest DJ Ashley Lau. The runway space was turned into a dance floor, with the show attendees mingling about with the models who walked earlier. EDM favourites and unique mash-ups flooded the venue, the perfect way to end off the memorable night.