Checking In To Hotel Vuitton

“Beautiful and dreamy” said Vogue’s International Editor at Large, Hamish Bowles, as he left the the Louis Vuitton at Carrousel de Louvre on Wednesday morning. He was echoing the sentiments of most of us present.

A great one for theatrics, this season Marc Jacobs had reconstructed the scene of a hotel -- well, the hallways at least -- with plush carpet, elaborate wallpaper, and 48 doors from which the models emerged before walking the runway (or corridor) and disappearing again. Once the doors were open, we saw inside the “rooms” and caught glimpses of Louis Vuitton monogrammed luggage; and black and white footage of men in various states of undress projected onto the walls.

The women were also somewhat deshabille, wearing lace slips and negligees that were covered up by coats — as if they’d had to go out to get something and didn’t feel the need to get dressed properly (as you do).

Even more titillating was the flash of silk French knickers and bra under fur a coat, and the sheer low-backed lace dresses towards the end. Jacobs’ good friend, Kate Moss, made an appearance (her first in a few seasons) in one such gown, but she didn’t seem to be in the best of moods. She was having trouble walking in her shoes and scowling, just a little. We saw her arrive late last night at the CR Fashion Book launch (looking incredible in those Saint Laurent crystal tights) so maybe this morning’s early start didn’t agree with her.