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Aside from the Kate Moss smoking a cigarette on the runway controversy back in March, Louis Vuitton's fall 2011 ready to wear collection really did wow us. After seeing it paraded down the Paris runway, we were excited to receive our invitation to go and view the collection up close and personal this week.

Creative director at the French design house, Marc Jacobs explained that AW11 inspiration began with women's inexplicable obsession with bags, "And that got us started thinking about passions, and any of the disciplines that require effort and work and commitment". The notion of strict discipline and fetish were clearly reflected in the collection, and became even more evident in the flesh.

Accessories took the form of extreme structured oversized patent waist belts which had a corset feel, metal peter pan collars, cuffed jewellery with restrictive chains, military style hats and sparkling Mask of Zorro type face-wear. I couldn't help noticing the uniform aesthetic reflected in the clothing, with high collars and structured shaping. This was cleverly matched with contrasting textures highlighting the hard against the soft, the rough against the smooth with sheers, velvet, fur and patent leather.

Whether you agree with Kate Moss' chosen accessory on the runway for this label or not (you can have your say on that here), there's no denying this collection will go down as one of Louis Vuitton's most provocative yet, and we can't wait to see it in action.