Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 | Runway

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 | Runway

Checkmate. For Louis Vuitton's Spring 2013 collection, Marc Jacobs took the house's iconic damier check, blew it up, and applied it to, well, everything. The models appeared on one of four escalators whose stairs were decorated with white and yellow stripes and walked onto a floor decorated with the check pattern.

The clothing, done in shades of yellow, green, brown, black, and white, were similarly checked. A large version of the yellow and white damier appeared on the first long-skirted suit that came down the runway, then got smaller in the black-and-white bralette top and maxi skirt that came after it. As if to underscore the duality of the print (or at least the colors in it), Jacobs sent his models down the runway in pairs, with each pair wearing coordinating looks.

All the models in this show wore bows in their hair, and nearly all of them carried bags in the damier check. The styling and feeling was slightly '60s, but the rounded shoulders on jackets and shirts felt modern — and so did the inclusion of lots of different skirt lengths.

There was a dialogue between this collection and the Spring line for his namesake brand, which was heavy on stripes. This show, however, was cleaned up and a little more sophisticated — and all the bright yellow gave you an unavoidable sense of happiness.