Cruise fashion has always been an important part of the Fashion Industry. This year, the debut of Louis Vuitton’s latest cruise collection was hosted in Japan, a long way away from the Paris headquarters. The Miho Museum held the catwalk. Located in Kyoto, the museum is a beautiful landmark with gorgeous architecture, perfect for Louis Vuitton’s venue of choice.
Since Louis Vuitton was founded to design high-end luggage, globetrotting was not a problem for the arrival of the guests. The spectacular setting in the mountains was perfect for the audience to stare at in amazement as they waited patiently for the show to start.
Louis Vuitton is known for being the vogue of all brands, and customers were demanding a new look into flamboyant wardrobe essentials.
The concept of cruise fashion has become a staple event for most, if not all premier fashion houses. Hundreds of guests flew in to watch this amazing performance from all over the world, including Jennifer Connelly and Michelle Williams. They were picked up from their hotels by drivers who were seen wearing custom-made monogrammed Louis Vuitton driving gloves.
The designer for Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquiere has hosted an extravagant show this year, picking a luxurious locale.
At the entrance of the Miho Museum, there stands a metal tunnel that is emerging from the mountainside and extends across a bridge suspending within the mountains as well. The bridge was designed and created by IM Pei, the same person who created the glass pyramid of the Louvre. The bridge also formed as the catwalk used for the show that appeared last Sunday. Nicolas mentioned that the Miho Museum inspired him right away, and it still fits the mold of Louis Vuitton’s sumptuous nature.
The Miho Museum was the latest landmark stop after Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum designed by Oscar Neimeyer that is located in Rio de Janeiro where a catwalk was held in 2016. in 2015, a Louis Vuitton fashion show surfaced in Palm Springs at the Bob hope estate, which Nicolas calls “an architectural voyage”.
Nicolas’s work for Louis Vuitton this year has paid off. He did something that was unexpected and different than what Louis Vuitton usually pulls out of the box, and he did it magnificently.
Models reminded the crowd of avatars, but in an incredibly chic universe. They took to the runway, strutting in dramatic makeup, short hemlines, graphic prints, and sleek tailoring, courtesy of Nicolas. A theme of Japanese culture was evident within the collection from kimono-style belts and embroidered designs of dragons.
A designer who goes by the name of Kansai Yamamoto helped collaborate with Nicolas. She was famous for working alongside David Bowie as he appeared as Ziggy Stardust on stage.
Christian Dior and Karl Lagerfeld had already presented a fashion show days before Louis Vuitton did, but the wait was well worth it. Dior’s show was Georgia O’Keefe inspired, which was based in the mountains of Santa Monica, California. Karl Lagerfeld’s fashion show was placed inside the Grand Palais, recreating the Greek Parthenon as a theme for Chanel.
There has been an increasing importance for cruise collections this year. To reflect the value of cruise fashion, Prada hosted a standalone runway show for the first time. It was positioned in their new exhibition space in Milan.
Gucci will fulfill the cruise ranks soon as they plan on taking over the Palatina Gallery in Florence, Italy. They recently received a donation from the venue for 2m euros and in return, they have booked the space for a show.
The cruise show is set to model a festival like Coachella or a wedding like George and Amal Clooney’s. Fashion heads have upgraded to showcase designs more efficiently.