Louis Vuitton's A/W 16/17 womenswear showspace at Paris Fashion Week offered a futuristic hall of shattered mirrors, reflecting and refracting models' garments as they walked the runway. Staged earlier this month in the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the stark installation was created by acclaimed British designer Es Devlin, who worked on the brand's Series 3 exhibition in London last year.
Inspired by the sculptures of French artist Justin Morin, the dark, shimmering showspace was punctuated by 57 pillars of cracked mirrored glass, which jutted out of the floor at irregular angles like a forest of giant crystal shards. The use of minimal LED strip lighting and geometric pattern on the monochrome floor further added to the distorted visual effects, creating a glittering vision of a hi-tech, sci-fi dystopia.
The reflective material applications of the installation both mimicked and complemented the high-shine finishes of the garments on display, including sequined slip dresses and patent leather bustiers, as well as the sheen of silky ruffled skirts.
The showspace is further confirmation of the way in which designers are harnessing reflective finishes in a bid to change our interpretation of spaces and products with captivating results. For further inspiration on this aesthetic, see our reports Update: Interrupted Surfaces and Interrupted Surfaces.