Lutz invited his audience to the Salle Pleyel in Paris to present his spring 2019 collection. While the red light on the red carpet recalled a nightclub ethos, the Art Deco style of the room harks back to classical and traditional qualities in the atmosphere.
His collection followed this path with rigorous cuts and odd techniques, and illustrated well the breach between past and present times. There was a feeling of couture in the air: a puff-cocktail dress in jacquard under a man’s trench coat, a range of pearls adjusted on the waist to underline a polka-dot dress worn with a bomber jacket. Lutz uses contrasting materials and opposing styles to write stories about people, their differences in age and gender, and how the act of dressing could set them free.
Lutz is a designer whose concerns about gender equality have always been an important part of his practice. It’s a steady course he has pursued since the mid-nineties. Today, his singular fashion is finally meeting a broader audience.