In collaboration with his longtime inpiration, Ghesquière created a hodgepodge of Japanese cultural references from kabuki and kimono to samurai and paintings. Primary colors were blacks, browns and whites with pops of bright blue and gold, enhanced by the backdrop of historic city Kyoto. Bags debuted in this collection all beared designs by designer and producer KANSAI YAMAMOTO. Most popular designs include the Kabuki Eyes, a dramatic and powerful capture of Japanese art. Along with YAMAMOTO, Ghesquière also took inspiration from films by Japanese directors Kurosawa and Kitano, which is shown through the samurai-esque makeup worn by models.
Best known for its iconic LV Monogram print, Louis Vuitton began in the luggage business, but has quickly expanded its product range to bags, clothing and accessories. Recently, the brand has been collaborating with many artists to create unique, over-the-top pieces that have been growing in popularity among younger generations and Chinese fans. On top of its luggages, Louis Vuitton has seen an increase in demand in other leather products such as handbags and wallets for its eye to quality and detail. Current Artistic Director of Women's collections at Louis Vuitton is Nicolas Ghesquière, who had previously been at Balenciaga. Carrying his edgy tastes from Balenciaga while incorporating Louis Vuitton's history in pattern-making and quality leather items, he has created a collection after collection that is an exquisite balance of sophistication and experimentation.