Louis Vuitton climbs Himalayas, brings back fur

THOMAS ADAMSON AP Fashion Writer Published:

PARIS (AP) -- Could it be the recent death of Maurice Herzog, the first man to scale the 8,000-meter (26,500-foot) Annapurna peak, that inspired Louis Vuitton to climb the Himalayas for his winter menswear outing?

Or perhaps just a love of exotic, far-flung destinations for the house most famous for its travel bags?

Whatever the reason, it worked -- with designer Kim Jones turning out an effortless, luxury collection for fall-winter 2013 in Paris.

He came down to ground level, bringing with him with lashings of fur and the Asian region's snow leopard as a motif. This accompanied the house's bread-and-butter sharp suits in a muted palette underneath the wintry outerwear.

But it was the snow leopard who stole the show -- whether in needle punched jacquard on a light double breasted coat, or in collars, neckties and pocket squares, and even in one show-stopping laser cut mink coat -- the sky-high feline kept popping up.

Furs made a comeback; the program notes listed some six different pelts: astrakhan, sheepskin, shearling, shaved beaver, fox used on blousons, overcoats and parka trimmings -- and as lining.

Louis Vuitton shows are often exhaustive.

The final part included sumptuous prints in silk and cashmere on tuxedos and nightgowns thanks to a collaboration with Turner Prize nominees the Chapman Brothers, who fused baroque floral print with Himalayan traditional arts.

It was a decadent line up, with a little for every taste.

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