Nicolas Ghuesquière has taken Louis Vuitton through a dramatical changing process. Last season, he dared to showcase his womenswear AW17 collection at the Louvre—“It’s a first-ever for the Louvre,” as Nicole Phelps wrote on her Vogue Runway review—revealing an illimitable woman who believes in the beauty of cultural diversity. For his Cruise collection, Ghesquière’s ode to Japanese culture strolled down the catwalk as an exquisite parade of samurai warriors, picturesque landscapes imprinted onto textiles; all with a pinch of retro style.
Staged at the Miho Museum—designed by the same architect who did the iconic Louvre Pyramid, I. M. Pei—the collection ignited a sense of culture blending; east meeting west. Invariably, all pieces were perceptibly bias towards famous Japanese fashion designer—him who created Ziggy Star Dust’s iconic tour looks—Kansai Yamamoto. Stamped on shimmering dresses, the special prints created by Yamamoto were a manifesto of Japan’s history blend into an urban and modern jolly vibe.
From an individual viewpoint, one may notice how Nicolas Ghesquière has excelled at incorporating the “LV” monogram into his visionary collections; this time onto a pair of boots, one white shirt with a samurai print paired with striking orange pants and layered by an exquisite sheer dress, and as expected, the signature bags—some marked with Kansai’s designs, and reminiscent of Fendi’s famous monsters.
Whilst being urban, Ghesquière demonstrated his exquisite tailoring skills with well-executed coats and jackets, all done in lustrous leather and smooth suede. One silver jacket with leopard lapels and delicate black leather details, was beautifully paired with a long poplin shirt, and a pair of old-west embellished boots. No wonder why he has made a name in this ruthless industry; by being relentless in what he brilliantly does best: fashion.
Written by MARÍA JOSÉ GONZALVEZ
Visual Editor OLGA SOROKINA