EXCLUSIVE: A Woman Traveling Across Paris To New York Inspires Sophie Delafontaine At Longchamp S/S 2019
“She is a traveler. A woman traveling across the seas from Paris to New York.” That is how Longchamp Artistic Director, Sophie Delafontaine, described her inspiration for the new Longchamp F/W 2019 collection this New York Fashion Week.
Delafontaine described the dynamic new Ready-to-Wear 40-look collection as a mix between the two different spirits and styles of the two cities. The collection juxtaposes themes of femininity and fluidity with structure and architecture, along with a contrast between black and white and the use of color. The distinct themes begin to blend in as the journey progresses.
The show also served as a major rebranding moment for the French fashion house. This season, Longchamp introduced a new logo inspired by the German Bauhaus movement. A typographical play on its name that is reminiscent of the architecture and artists of the Bauhaus era.
From leather to lace, the logo can be seen as a print that seamlessly translates to a multitude of different textiles. Several black and white renditions of the print were seen across different coats, bags, dresses, and separates.
Rising supermodel Kaia Gerber once again took to the Longchamp runway while fashion powerhouses and other celebs such as current Longchamp Brand Ambassador-Kendall Jenner, Kate Moss, Coco Rocha, and Emma Roberts were in the audience.
And as the Longchamp Pliage will forever be a beloved classic, dare we say that this new logo print will be the brand’s new statement?
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THE STUNNING RUNWAY
Interior designer Andrée Putnam inspired the runway design, specifically the carpet she designed for the Concorde, giving the 40-piece collection the distinct aura of Paris and new York
LA VOYAGEUSE BAGS
These are modeled after portable vanity cases, giving a ladylike charm, and are perfect companions for traveling. They come in large size (for long distances), and foldable versions (for those constantly on the go). They stand harmoniously with the iconic Le Pliage, and come in a variety of colors and textures—from croc-printed leather to leopard-printed calf hair to smooth-leather embossed with the new LGP logo.
The shoes go from graphic to feminine, with textures of patchwork and vibrant python-printed leather, but cast in shapes like platform boots. Check out the gorgeous biker boots as well for that instant edge.
Photography courtesy of Longchamp and Ezekiel Galan