Coco Rocha appears in “diverse” Louis Vuitton show

Coco Rocha appears in “diverse” Louis Vuitton show

A diverse crop: Laetitia Casta and Coco Rocha (Image: Louis Vuitton Women Collection Fall-Winter 2010-2011 Collection © Louis Vuitton Malletier – All rights reserved)

Keep in mind that the fashion world is vastly different from the real world, so when New York magazine dubs Marc Jacobs’s fall collection for Louis Vuitton “diverse,” with a “real, grown-up woman in mind,” they meant he cast models who are mostly white and in their late 20s and still slimmer than the rest of the population but not sickly looking.

Recently engaged Coco Rocha walked in a voluminous pink and grey patterned gown with a sweetheart neckline and thick straps that’s best described as Scarlett O’Hara meets Grace Kelly. Also walking in Wednesday’s ’50s-inspired show were Laetitia Casta, Elle Macpherson, Lara Stone, Bar Refaeli, Noémie Lenoir, Alessandra Ambrosio and new mom Adriana Lima, who range in age from 24 to 46.

Still, we applaud Jacobs, not just for his recent marriage and for not letting Madonna into his show at New York fashion week, but for taking baby steps toward better representing Louis Vuitton’s varied customer base. As for our favourite model, Rocha proved that the kerfuffle over her supposed weight gain isn’t making her any less desirable in the eyes of designers.

• Curvy, Adult, Diverse Models Walk Louis Vuitton [NY Mag]
Louis Vuitton goes back to basics with a return to glamour and grace [The Guardian]