By tradition, Louis Vuitton’s cruise collections have always been presented for the first time at astonishing locations – the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio, or Bob Hope’s home in Palm Springs, for instance. This time, however, Nicolas Ghesquière and his team have surpasses themselves! About an hour away from Kyoto by car, located in the middle of a green valley, the Miho Museum in Japan became the stage for the latest Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 show.
Where does the idea for the place come from? For as long as two decades now, the brand’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière has been regularly travelling to Japan, and his last collection is some sort of a love confession to the culture of the country. Samurai armour, the colours of Akira Kurosawa’s films, the Kabuki theatre makeup and traditional prints of fishermen set the leitmotif of Louis Vuitton Resort 2018. A collection that is rich in prints, layers, textures and rebellious spirit.
The trousers and tunics from Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 are covered in prints, reminding us of those by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. The leather tops, on the other hand, look like the samurai cuirasses. The obi belts have been borrowed from the traditional Japanese kimono, while the evening dresses, covered in golden sequins, pay homage to the Noh theatre costumes.
Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 is some sort of a tribute to designer Kansai Yamamoto, who is the first Japanese designer to ever do a fashion show in London, and he is also famous for being the designer of David Bowie’s costumes. Yamamoto takes part in the Louis Vuitton collection with icons, symbols and heroes on the accessories, inspired by the Kabuki masks. Yamamoto is also the designer of the oversized T-shirts, covered with silver sequins.
Text: Fashion Inside
Photos: Louis Vuitton