The theme of the evening was apparent: Roaring '20s—although perhaps with a much more modern reimagination. Short skirts ruled (a bit shorter than true '20s fashion), yet always in a tasteful way. Among them, bubble skirts, tulip skirts, and leather.
For the travelers who prefer a skirt alternative, Nicolas Ghesquiere sent board shorts down the runway, a comfortable option, bordering on the masculine/feminine line. This ambiguous feel was present in various pieces, including cap-toe combat boots mixed with puffed-sleeves and velvet tops. Interesting details added to more subdues styles, such as batwing sleeves which give an added level of comfort for a woman traveling in style.
Aside from silhouette, the true beauty of Louis Vuitton pieces lies in the details. Beading, sequins, lace, pleating, and other tailoring techniques could be seen on every piece. These intricacies are what makes these pieces stand out from the rest. On one, a stunning metallic mesh overlay is reminiscent of the flapper era, without taking too literal of an interpretation. Another piece focused on bold stripes in black and white, displaying a mesmerizing contrast of color and proportion.
Weaving throughout the collection were obvious references to Art Deco and other inspirations from that time period. Geometric lines, structured shapes, and clean elements were at the forefront. A popular architectural theme from the 1920s, Art Deco symbolizes luxury and glamour—and that's exactly what this collection achieved.
Angular silhouettes, such as strong shoulders and nipped-in waists represent this style well. Additionally, prominent colors, including black and metallic (gold mostly) gave an air of sophisticated beauty. Ghesquiere successfully transported guests back to the Jazz Era, a time when flappers and speakeasies ruled and fashion was a world away from where it is today. The addition of Vuitton's signature glitz and glam made these pieces contemporary with a vintage-inspired feel.
Grab your suitcase, we're headed to the airport—literally. Each of the most prominent couture houses took their own spin on the resort/cruise theme, including both their designs as well as the location of their show. But leave it to Louis Vuitton to really go there. And by "there," we mean the airport.
Held at the TWA Flight Centre at JFK airport in New York City, the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2020 collection showcased bold, forward-thinking designs like only Nicolas Ghesquiere can achieve.
Arriving at the impressive and vast venue, guests were seated within the spacious room, as models walked through a terminal-like set. No matter where he intended for his models to be traveling, each one appeared to be going somewhere fabulous.
In all, Nicolas Ghesquiere, a mainstay at the helm of Louis Vuitton for the past six years didn't fail to disappoint. His well-known love of architecture translated perfectly to the venue and was the perfect backdrop for couture that was ready to take off and fly off the runway.
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.