Louis Vuitton’s Nicholas Ghesquière Pays Homage To The City Of New Yorkby | May 10, 2019
Nicholas Ghesquière, Creative Director, Louis Vuitton, has always chosen Cruise show destinations based on the architectural masterpieces that inspire him. Whether it was the Miho Museum in Kyoto or Rio’s Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum, he has always connected the venue with the collection presented, that reflects the very foundation of Louis Vuitton, whose history is built on the joy of discovery.
After LV’s last Cruise show at the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence, Ghesquière took the LV Cruise 2020 show to the TWA Flight Centre at JFK. Designed by architect Ero Saarinen in 1962, the architectural treasure was conceived like a vast bird and has been defunct since 2001. It will soon reopen as the TWA Hotel, giving travellers an opportunity to experience the glamour of the Jet Age, Howard Hughes’ golden age of travel. Says Ghesquière, “I was lucky enough to have landed at the TWA Flight Center in the late Nineties. It was something I could never forget. This place was forgotten for 20 years, and now has come back to life. It’s like a sanctuary that’s been revived and seeing it enchant anew in a different iteration, as a hotel, is a great pleasure. It’s about rediscovering of an uncommon place that yet is a part of American heritage.”
The futuristic-looking architectural marvel was a fitting background to Ghesquière’s work that has always been tinged with sci-fi elements. The collection summarised the exaltation of travel, and New York without a doubt, is one of the most fascinating cities in the world—a melting pot of cultures. Ghesquière concurs, and drew inspiration from his own adventure to New York, having landed at the TWA back in the ’90s. The designer interpreted the stereotypes and trademarks of New York City to represent a foreigner’s fantasy of this incredible city.
Ghesquière time-traveled with this collection making a reference to the ’60s with the short dresses and accessories that took inspiration from the iconic TWA light bags. A reference was made to the ’80s with bubble skirts, while the ’90s were referenced in the way of combat boots and board shorts, but not without a touch of space-age.
In the collection, one could spot wall-street references with pinstripe suits, Park Avenue women with their bedazzled outfits, and the iconic New York skyline captured in several iterations. The designer reinterpreted the relief of the legendary Art Deco buildings such as the Chrysler and the Empire State Building into sophisticated prints, intricate embroideries, glistening beaded capes, and metallic brocade across the collection.
Batman influences made an appearance in the collection with Ghesquière clearly referencing Gotham City. It was seen in the collection in the form of capes, some with exaggerated shoulders, and the others with geometric finesse, complete with Catwoman-like skull caps.
Among handbags shaped like the crown of the Chrysler building was prototypes of handbags that boasted of functioning canvas video screens on their sides. A world premiere for Louis Vuitton, which is always in search of the fusion of savoir-faire and innovation, the bag called ‘Canvas of the Future,’ displayed futuristic scenarios.
The flexible screens are made of AMOLED technology, the same LED technology that is used in smartphones, smartwatches, televisions, and laptops. The aim is to blur the lines between tour smartphone and your handbag.
Trust Ghesquière to go back to the future with his collection and the iconic venue.
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