Cover The Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2022 show at Paris Fashion Week (Photo: Peter White / Getty Images)

Creative director Nicolas Ghesquière put forth a stunning display of craftsmanship at the Louvre on the last day of Paris Fashion Week

Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquière has been mining history books for inspiration in the last few seasons, and for spring/summer 2022, he seems to have dogeared the pages surrounding the Steampunk era.

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His models burst forth to operatic music under the gilded passages next to the Louvre pyramid wearing sparkling bustle skirts that bounced with every step. Adorned with delicate gold lace or dripping in layers of silk, the pieces each felt like they belonged inside the Louvre itself, if it weren’t for Ghesquière’s sporty open-toe booties and occasional insertion of denim to bring the collection back down to earth.

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Most of the crinoline skirts, of course, are a little difficult for the average customer to pull off—even mega-influencer Chiara Ferragni who was at the show (alongside other celebrities including Jennifer Connelly, Ana de Armas and Gemma Chan) was overheard saying “Some pieces are very particular of course, but I still want to wear everything.” So that’s where the sheer slip dresses and boxy jackets come in, still with Ghesquière’s opulent touch but appropriate for mortals. You can always throw on one of his masquerade masks-slash-sunglasses if you’re looking to feed into the fantasy.

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