Young met old in the Marc Jacobs-designed 2011 Cruise Louis Vuitton collection. The collection continued with the feminine, floral, and Little House on the Prairie-esque prints that Jacobs showed in the Fall/Winter 2010 LV collection.
The designer also mixed in some granny touches with cat eye sunglasses suspended from chains (similar accessories were also seen in Balenciaga’s Resort collection this season), and floppy hats.
However, while the F/W 2010 collection was a celebration of the female figure, there was a dowdiness to a number of the looks in the Cruise show, leaving me skeptical of the Spring/Summer 2011 collection.
Many of the prints the designer showed seemed almost more like curtain or furniture upholstery rather than any print a jet-setting Louis Vuitton customer would want to wear.
Further, while it’s not to say that one can’t be sexy in flats, the dowdy nature was made more poignant by the styling, which had a number of the models wearing ballerina flats or strappy flat sandals.
Ironically, Louis Vuitton style director Julie de Libran described the collection as "a little bit Lolita." While I did get a retro 50’s vibe, given the silhouettes and conservative cuts and styling, the collection lacked the edge or allure to merit being Lolita-like. Nevertheless, there were some nice separates – notably, high-waist black pants, stripped shirts, and printed cardigans – though none of them were particularly memorable beyond their wearable appeal.
Some new iterations and colors of the successful Sofia Coppola-designed SC bag were shown, but the standouts were the rectangular, striped clutches, as they were perhaps the only true fun, flirty, "Lolita-esque," pieces in the collection.