A voyage of self-discovery and independence is at the core of Longchamp’s fall and winter 2019 collection. For her second show at New York Fashion Week, Longchamp Creative Director Sophie Delafontaine captures the free-spirited energy of travelers, women who rove the globe with a rock ‘n’ roll attitude and a wardrobe to match. Particular focus is placed on the distance between Paris and New York, which is visualized with a runway inspired by Andrée Putman and the carpet she designed for the Concorde and a 40-look collection combines the distinct auras of these transatlantic cities.
The Parisian woman’s effortless femininity is realized in billowy silk dresses and pleated skirts in embroidered tulle or wool gauze. They are juxtaposed with crisp black leather tops and architectural coats that are made from graphic or Apaloosa prints indicative of New York’s urbanity. Even the details, like grosgrain ribbons with vivid silver studs, are a seamless blend of elegance and a rock edge. This melding of contrasts, this mixing and matching of textures, silhouettes and patterns gives each look a sense of individuality and dynamism.
These attributes culminate in pieces that feature LGP, the new signature print for the over 70- year-old Longchamp. Inspired by Bauhaus artists and New York’s maze-like grid plan, LGP is dispersed throughout the line, giving an assortment of jackets and separates a greater sense of big-city cool. It is especially prominent on the brand’s new handbag collection, La Voyageuse.
Modeled after portable vanity cases, La Voyageuse compact silhouette imbues a ladylike charm and, as the name suggests, serves as a perfect companion for traveling. It also comes in a large size for long distances and a foldable version ideal for those constantly on the go. They stand harmoniously alongside the brand’s iconic Le Pliage®, which is scaled to a miniature for the first time. All the bags come in a variety of colors and feature an array of fabrics—from crocodile-printed leather to leopard-printed calf hair to smooth leather embossed with the LGP logo—that are pieced together in both elegant and exciting ways.
This energy is also evident in shoes that walk the line between graphic and feminine. Patchwork and vibrant python-printed leather are cast on platform boots in thigh-high and ankle lengths. There are also black biker boots that add edge to flirty, psychedelic dresses and skirts.