At Louis Vuitton, Women Are Confident, Fearless, and Powerful

Kristen Nichols

Welcome to Runway Matters, where we're delivering notes straight from the runway so you can quickly digest the most important trends and noteworthy moments from the F/W 18 shows.

Imagine walking into the Louvre through its glass pyramid entrance to find the museum completely empty. Roped off from the public, a soft energy permeating throughout, no sound of clicking heels within earshot. That was the experience arriving at the Louis Vuitton show in Paris. Heading down an escalator, up a flight of stairs, and through a corridor lined with ancient sculptures, guests then spilled out into the “Cour Lefuel”—an open-air courtyard that was outfitted just for the event. Amphitheater seats hugged the walls and a clear tent hung above (good thing, since it started pouring rain just moments before the show began). And like something out of a sci-fi movie, a walkway descended over a sloped ramp as music started and models soon stomped out. The songs, eerie and ominous, set the mood for the show that paraded strong, powerful women in a familiar (but futuristic) landscape.

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