Louis Vuitton x Fornasetti
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Since founding his atelier in 1940, Piero Fornasetti has enchanted design lovers through his intricate hand-drawings. While today the Italian artist is best known for his collectable ceramic plates, luxury candles and diffusers, the late creative’s work has been honoured in a spectacular collaboration with Louis Vuitton.

As the French fashion house celebrates their founder’s 200th birthday this month, Nicolas Ghesquière’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection has received the Fornasetti treatment with Barnaba Fornasetti’s distinct visual universe splayed across LV archival pieces (plucked from the house’s 13,000-piece archive in Milan).

These garments and accessories use a rich combination of colours, textures and traditional, cutting-edge techniques including jacquard, embroidery and laser printing, intertwining Fornasetti’s exquisitely illustrated world with Ghesquière’s strikingly contemporary design.

Louis Vuitton x Fornasetti
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Louis Vuitton x Fornasetti
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Highlights include lush velvet dresses, shiny printed jersey tops upon which Fornasetti drawings of ancient statues are overlaid on high-tech thermal-camera imagery, as well as more casual fleece hooded jackets and tailoring pieces. Oversized outerwear pieces feature Fornasetti prints, both in a stamp inspired coloured version and, in a gold, coated version.

Louis Vuitton x Fornasetti
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This Louis Vuitton x Fornasetti capsule collection also features a broader selection of Louis Vuitton products that draw on Fornasetti motifs – such as buildings, locks, keys and portraits. This includes a stunning iteration of the iconic Cannes bucket bag in transformed leather, embellished with a Fornasetti black-and-white architectural drawing and reminiscent of the Renaissance-era Baptistery in Florence. The Maison also draws from innovative craftsmanship as witnessed through a reworked Petite Malle cross body that seems to have been inflated and covered with a dome printed metallic leather, creating a striking optical illusion.

Louis Vuitton x Fornasetti
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Louis Vuitton x Fornasetti
Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

In all its facets, the Louis Vuitton x Fornasetti collaboration embodies the two Houses’ shared sense of experimental traditionalism: an effective blend of Louis Vuitton’s forward-looking creativity and craft and Fornasetti’s magical and visionary depiction of the world.

The collection is available in Louis Vuitton boutiques worldwide from August.

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