Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Review

Louis Vuitton Spring 2012

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 show

Show: Louis Vuitton

Hair: Guido Paulo

Makeup: Pat McGrath

Accessories: Patent high-heeled mules, Lockit and classic Speedy bags in hyper-luxurious fabrics like whitewashed crocodile and deer, silver tiaras on every head

Overall takeaway: A sugar-spun, sugary-sweet Sugar Plum Fairytale of a spring collection

Sugar and spice and all things nice. That's what little girls are made of. It's also what the Marc Jacobs-designed Louis Vuitton collection is made of for Spring '12—if that list encompasses such wonders as gem-studded paper dresses, powdered crocodile, and millions of dollars worth of feathers.

Unveiled on a vast carousel—representing "the circular dance of fashion"—in the Cour du Louvre, the Louis Vuitton collection felt like the definitive statement of femininity, a sugar rush that made your teeth hurt. But in a very wonderful way. It neatly tied up many of the season's key themes—pastel palette, sumptuous decoration, '60s couture silhouettes. Wait, did I just say couture? Was this Marc Jacobs's big creative bid for the Christian Dior job?

Many assume that has already been handed to him on a silver platter—but, for the world's press, this was Jacobs's audition. His show notes constantly returned to the value of the handcraft of the Parisian ateliers, and he lavished their no-expense-spared expertise across these truly beautiful garments. It also had its own distinct handwriting, Jacobs's handwriting, that would be evident no matter what name was on the label inside. We wait with bated breath for the announcement of the new Dior designer. If it were judged purely on this superb offering, Monsieur Marc would be a shoe-in.