In a week that's already seen several spectacular shows -- ahem, the crystals at Chanel -- the appearance of a custom Louis Vuitton train on the runway in Paris was still a show-stopper.
Marc Jacobs, who is the creative director at Louis Vuitton, has always had a penchant for showmanship when it comes to his runway presentations. His Fall 2012 Marc Jacobs show featured a spectacular backdrop by the sculptor Rachel Feinstein, for example, and last October's Louis Vuitton show featured a massive carousel around which the models walked.
For the Fall 2012 Louis Vuitton show, a custom train (bearing Louis Vuitton signage) chugged onto the runway and then models paraded around the train itself. For the fall collection, Jacobs is playing with oversize hats, much as he did for his Fall 2012 Marc Jacobs show, as well as smart-looking jackets and a jet-set layered look.