Louis Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas GhesquiÃ¨re is no stranger to destination shows – he’s shown previous Cruise collections at locations like the NiterÃ²i Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro and the Miho Museum in Kyoto. This time around, he led his fashion vision to a landmark that was more local but no less enchanting than previous venues: Cergy-Pontoise, a city in northwestern Paris. In particular, Ax Majeur, a monumental sculpture park by the late Israeli artist Dani Karavan, whose central feature is a striking red pedestrian bridge – a finished catwalk.
GhesquiÃ¨re used this catwalk made for Instagram as a launch pad for an energetic show full of ideas for the time after and everything else we’ve been waiting for. The collection of shortened looks included mini dresses with a drawstring hem, motocross-style jackets, chain necklines and visible scuba zippers.
The dresses, jackets and A-line skirts were printed with fantastic scenes that merge interplanetary landscapes, travelators and basketball courts. It was cheesy and otherworldly, and when styled with flat white boots it had a fashionable appeal. Some of them, especially the coats and jackets with disc-shaped pockets, were reminiscent of the work of Space Age-inspired designers AndrÃ© CourrÃ¨ges and Pierre Cardin (the latter died last year).
Most promising were a line of crystal-embellished mini-dresses with oversized chain detail harnesses – like portable space disco balls. These are garments that make the wearer feel like they could go anywhere. Any place they want and that’s the point. As the house said in a press release, the collection aims to “infinitely touch” with a range of “proud, positive looks”.
âYou don’t need anything more than the most beautiful passport: creation,â it continued. ‘As always, it’s unlimited and free.’
By Emily Cronin