Paris - LVMH's Louis Vuitton presented a new collection fit for a space odyssey at the end of Paris Fashion Week, with futuristic, crystal-strewn looks, over-sized sleeves and patterned dresses evoking skylines.
Under white neon tube lights, models snaked around a specially constructed catwalk in one of the courtyards of the Louvre museum, with a front row that drew screen stars including Paul Bettany, Alicia Vikander and Cate Blanchett.
The show was the latest big-budget display from the heavyweights of the luxury industry, with France's LVMH also pulling out all the stops for its revamp of Celine last week, and cross-town rival Kering parading models at Saint Laurent under the Eiffel Tower.
At Vuitton, designer Nicolas Guesquiere gave mesh dresses a sci-fi vibe with angular shoulders, while some looks featured ruffles and bouffant sleeves worthy of a space-age musketeer. More sober styles included suit jackets with zipper fastenings.
Some models donned other-worldly white bonnets, while most displayed an assortment of bags, including some shaped like gourds. Vuitton began as a luggage maker and still makes the bulk of its sales from high-margin leather goods.