At the weekend, the haute couture Danielle Haim, Alana Haim and Este Haim visited Louis Vuitton and W mmagazine‘s Awards Season Dinner in Beverly Hills while dressing head-to-toe in Louis Vuitton. But I like vanity fairis Emily KirkpatrickShe couldn’t get past her big, gaudy, bulky, campy, oversized… zippers.
In fact, the stars of the night weren’t Michelle Williams, Cate Blanchett or white lotus Runaways Meghann Fahy and Haley Lu Richardson who were also in attendance, nor was it the Haim sisters themselves. It was the Haim sisters’ zips. “What is this phenomenon?” I asked myself aloud as my face turned horrified. Are we just a few months away from Mondo zippers hitting the mainstream, trickling from the clutches of the elite and the nouveau riche into the unkempt clutches of the likes of you and me? Is the goal to look like tiny babies overshadowed by industrial-grade accoutrements, or wear a garment that symbolizes an ironic chastity belt? Forget the fact the sisters were also dressed in Limited Too-bordering bubble tops and pants. On behalf of the masses, I’m concerned.
The giant zippers were the crème de la crème of LV SSpring/SSummer 2023 runway Collection, alongside oversized handbag hardware, luggage tags, belt buckles and gold padlocks. The show took place in a “monster flower” designed to have a “fun house mirror effect.” New York Times wrote. The zippers designed by Nicolas Ghesquière were the largest ever made. according to to Fashionand toyed with “scale to disrupt the codes of femininity”.
“‘Pretty tough,’ that was something we talked about, and ‘menacing beauty.’ The idea was to look at something pretty, something cute, and see the strength in those elements,” explained Ghesquière. “You want to be deceived in a way. You are drawn to it and you are seduced by it. And yet you know it’s fake.” OK then!
To understand how the Haim sisters ended up sporting these “pretty sturdy” fasteners, let’s turn to their history with LV. Around November 2021, Alana began ramping up publicity for her starring role Liquorice Pizzathe sisters gradually began to turn into “Louis Vuitton girls”,” according to to WWD. If the sisters were discovered in 2022, they were discovered in the letters of the same name. Alana wore a bespoke Louis Vuitton gown to the BAFTAs in March. The sisters twins with Taylor Swift in matching LV leather pants in July. they also wore ‘Menswear-inspired’ LV suits at Glamor’s Women of the Year Awards in November. So the girls are obviously locked into an ironclad and lucrative Louis Vuitton contract, which explains their willingness to embark on such a campy experiment as this.
Here’s the thing: I actually find the ensembles to be fun themselves. Girly, safe, but equal parts functional and distant. I just need to know whether the King Kong of zippers is parting the jungle to get to a Zara near me, or if this is just another example of rich people doing rich things — that is, rich people wearing clothes that cost more than the tuition fees because they can. The Zoe Report swears that the Y2K fashion girlies on TikTok are already “deconstructing clothes,‘ or ‘Clothes that can be modified by functional details such as zips and buttons,“ as an emerging trend for 2023. And in one Washington Post Article about the Renaissance Of the “going out top” that sparked me all the way back to Wet Seal, popular design elements listed were “metal chain links, zipper detailing, denim corsets and long mesh sleeves”. I can say with confidence that I’m not keen on the idea of ”embellishing” garments with zippers – because that means they don’t actually close anything, but rather hang around our bodies like useless charm bracelets.
A quick review the luxury brand’s website disclosed an “exposed zip-up fit-and-flare dress” (for $3,700) and a oversized zip up skater dress for $3,450 — both riffing on the usefulness of zippers. So it seems LV is capitalizing on the broader deconstruction trend, but in a way that hopes to be avant-garde and “menacing beauty” I guess?
Maybe LV intended the Haim sisters to be symbolic provocateurs of a message about strapping their bodies in an act of fierce control and agency – a reflection of the times and all. Maybe LV said, “Ha ha, it would be not so fun putting Haim girls in big zippers?” Either way, at this point in the investigation, I only know two things in this world: first, most zippers are too small, and designers should strike a good balance between the puny ones we have and the LV Boogeyman iterations; aSecond, the Haim sisters should get out of this LV contract immediately.
https://jezebel.com/haim-louis-vuitton-zippers-1849965458 We need to talk about Haim’s giant zippers