PARIS — The finish line for the ready-to-wear season is in touching distance and yet unreachable unless through the obligatory passage point that is the Louis Vuitton runway show, which as ever was staged Wednesday morning on the outskirts of the French capital at Foundation Louis Vuitton. Walking for Nicolas Ghesquière were 10 models from across the Next network including Odette PavlovaLorena MaraschiAlanna ArringtonErika LinderTamy GlauserLina HossJulie HoomansLineisy MonteroSelena Forrest, and Sandra Schmidt. Set to the the 1978 tune of Lou Reed’s “Street Hassle,” there was an expectant air about about the runway show, which included 52 total looks. Truth be told, however there was also a steel about the collection and the runway with its shattered glass columns that the string arrangements completely belied. The view backstage was a mixture of excitement and disbelief. Alanna was “pretty excited” and Vuitton regular Erika was plain gobsmacked professing to believe she as in “[outer] space.” Whatever the case, Wednesday morning proved a fine way to begin the season’s ultimate final lap.

Credits include: Client, Louis Vuitton; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Autumn / Winter 2016; Clothing design, Nicolas Ghesquière; Styling, Marie Amélie Sauvé; Hair, Paul Hanlon; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Casting, Ashley Brokaw; Music direction, Michel Gaubert; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.