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By T: The New York Times Style Magazine Singapore
/26 April 2019
For her second show in New York, Longchamp creative director Sophie Delafontaine wanted to bring her Longchamp woman on “a voyage of self-discovery and independence”, as the show notes declared. Her Longchamp woman was a cross-cultural globetrotter. Having that in mind, Delafontaine introduced a new travel-dedicated bag: La Voyageuse.
Inspired by the form of portable vanity cases, La Voyageuse’s compact silhouette comes rendered in several sizes tailored for long- or short-haul flights.
It’s an indisputable fact that the Le Pliage bag — Longchamp’s iconic nylon folded tote — is ubiquitous. Reportedly, the French brand sells 11 of its Le Pliage bags every minute. For Fall/Winter ’19, the bestselling bag was reinvented and downsized to a miniature scale for the first time. Here, the mini Le Pliage in oxblood red crocodile-printed leather, paired with an all-leather outfit.
Emulating the effortless elegance synonymous to Parisiennes, swathes of multicoloured sweeping silk were constructed into billowing sleeves and dresses.
Zeroing in on a hybridised Paris-meets-New York sensibility, Delafontaine contrasted the fluidity of chic mini dresses with the downtown grit of studded leather.
The final two looks of the collection. From left: Russian model Kris Grikaite cocooned in a fur jacket and Kaia Gerber in a sheer lace number embroidered with Longchamp’s very-first monogram, the LGP.
From left: Argentine model Mica Arganaraz opened the show in a pleated leather dress draped over a sheer pussy bow blouse; and Kiki Willems in a monochromatic ensemble that clashes the new LGP monogram.
From left: The LGP monogram printed on leather as a structured Americana-inspired shirt and constructed into the petite La Voyageuse handbag; a melding of textures and motifs, cinched on the waist with a leopard print belt.
From left: The antithetical contrast of materials was further explored in a well-balanced mix of leather, silk and knit; model Sara Grace Wallerstedt toted with her a large Le Voyageuse carryall.
From left: Longchamp creative director Sophia Delafontaine and Chinese model Liu Wen.
From left: Actress Emma Roberts, model Kendall Jenner, Longchamp CEO Jean Cassegrain and model Kate Moss.
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