Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2023 Show Held A Science-Fiction Element At Its Core
Set against a sunset coastline in San Diego, California, Louis Vuitton (PARIS:MC.PA -0.72%) and its Artistic Director of Women’s Collections, Nicolas Ghesquière, presented a Cruise 2023 collection that echoed a post-apocalyptic flight of fancy.
The collection held a science-fiction element at its core, with its Mad Max and Dune-evocative pairings of draped linen, harem pants, plated vests, sequinned boots, and cropped-textured knits. A muted color palette of sandy brown, taupe, peach, cinnamon, black, and grey helped to buffer the cinematic approach, as Ghesquière filled out the 50+ piece collection with doses of fringed and tasseled metallics, along with treated liquid leather.
Ghesquière’s venue choice for the show was La Jolla’s Salk Institute – a Brutalist architecturally-structured scientific research facility designed by Louis Kahn – and his meticulous clothing constructions paired well against the building’s inverted rectangular pillars whence models descended from. Moreover, sportswear took on a luxe adaptation with LV-branded skateboards, hooded tops and thick-soled sneakers making an appearance on the runway.
While the pandemic still affects the world, The Salk appeared to be an inspirational event location for LV, as the facility’s founder – Dr. Jonas Salk – developed the “first safe and effective polio vaccine” in 1957. Ghesquière presented a collection full of post-apocalyptic looks that provided the facility with its first-ever runway show production.
The clifftop scientific campus (described on its website as a place “where cures begin”), made way for hundreds of fashion industry veterans, LV clients, celebrity VIP’s and global jet-setters that took in an unparalleled view of the Pacific Ocean.
Additionally, this LV show marked the return of its global collaboration with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, as a few of the artist’s dotted creations appeared across signature LV leather goods that were presented during the show – marking the 10th anniversary of their first collaboration.
The full Louis Vuitton Cruise 2023 collection and its Kusama collab tease can be viewed on the brand’s website.
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