Longchamp A/W 2020 New York Fashion Week Women’s
Mood board: The brand’s fourth show in New York was a highly polished and robust outing. Right on cue, the sun came out to backlight the 360-degree view of the city skyline, the show’s backdrop atop a midtown glass skyscraper. The seventies rang loud and clear: there were suede dungarees and tunics worn belted over thin cashmere polo necks, silk scarf prints, jumbo corduroy blazers and an artist’s paint-splattered jeans with an Aran knit jumper.
Best in show: Creative director Sophie Delafontaine has a gifted touch for updating the house classics without moving too far from their heritage. The ubiquitous Le Pliage (rumoured to sell one every 11 minutes) came in new micro-mini versions and oversized weekender styles in patent and metallic leather. She also updated the house’s newly named Longchamp 1980 bag (originally called the Cartouchière and worn by Delafontaine as a girl). Long boots with silver baubles on the toes were fun and desirable.
Sound bite: ‘I like to play with proportion, mixing a long dress with a small bag,’ Delafontaine said backstage after the show. ‘Shorter lengths with big bags’. And why the Seventies influence now? ‘It’s my culture, the Parisian woman from the Seventies. From Romy Schneider to Catherine Deneuve and Carole Bouquet, they are all so inspiring. I like the idea of bringing this Parisian spirit to New York.’ §