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Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016

Art / Architecture / Design / Fashion

Since taking the reigns as creative director of France’s most storied fashion house Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière has approached each of the brand’s cruise collections – so far four, in total – as opportunities to transport show-goers to an entirely new world.


Posted January 28th, 2018 By Colby Mugrabi

From a colorful collection shown in Monaco in 2014, to architecturally significant sites such as John Launder’s Bob Hope House in Palm Springs, to Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro, and most recently the Miho Museum in southeast Kyoto, Japan, designed by I.M. Pei, each cruise collection has been a physical and visual journey, a absolute treat for the senses. While analyzing each show leaves you in a similar headspace to the never-ending chicken or the egg conundrum – was the show site decided upon first and the clothing and accessories designed second? OR, was the show venue chosen after the collection had begun to take shape? – this is only because season after season the two facets fit so harmoniously together.

Though each cruise show contains highlights of their own, a personal favorite of the four in focus was Ghesquière’s show for cruise 2016, held at the John Lautner-designed Bob Hope House in Palm Springs, California (also mentioned here). In this case, the setting’s iconic architecture played to a much broader design narrative, which intertwined incredibly well with the season’s clothing, shoes and accessories. First, Lautner’s unorthodox use of shapes and materials – the house’s mammoth, rounded roof of poured concrete and curved rectangular panels of glass, for example – were echoed in Ghesquière’s unorthodox design pairings, formal wear worn with desert boots, tailored jackets in shiny neoprene and tiny trunks paired with matching purses. Proportions tended to err on the side of exaggerated, seen in the show’s countless maxi-skirts and super short shorts, while Ghesquière expanded on some newly developed codes of the French house, all while incorporating classic design touches through the use of iconic patterns and materials; a perfect marriage of the past, present and future of design, only to be seen through the creative eyes of Nicolas Ghesquière.

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Chair, 1986

Andrea branzi cairn  for zabro 1986

Jeanne Lanvin

Concerto Evening Gown, 1934-35

Jeanne lanvin concerto evening gown  1934 35

Interior image of the Bavinger House by architect Bruce Goff

1955, Norman, Oklahoma

Interior image of the 1955 bavinger house by architect bruce goff in norman  oklahoma

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Design for Theatre Curtain, Hillside Theatre, Taliesin Spring Green, Wisconsin,1952

Frank lloyd wright design for theatre curtain hillside theatre taliesin spring green wisconsin 1952

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Strawberries Need Rain, 2003

Carol bove strawberries need rain  2003

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Capri  casa malaparte by adalberto libera

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Skyscraper Vanity, 1930

Paul t frankl 1930   skyscraper vanity

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Junk, 1931

Imogen cunningham  junk  1931

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Andrea branzi  intrecci  1

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A Unique Black and Polychrome Lacquered Cabinet, 1921

Jean dunand   jean goulden  commode a   l anglaise  pie  ce unique  1921

Jean Dunand

Vase, 1925

Jean dunand a vase circa 1925 d5644814g

Luigi Russolo

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Luigi russolo  1911  the revolt  la rivolta

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The Brawl at Austerlitz, 1921

Marcel duchamp  the brawl at austerlitz  1921

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Maxime du camp  abu simbel  1850

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Cabbage with Hoarfrost, 1930

Piet zwart  cabbage with hoarfrost  1930

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Untitled, 1988

Richard artschwager untitled  1988

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Refuge tonneau  by charlotte perriand and pierre jeanneret

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Seconda armchair by mario botta

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Andrea branzi cairn  for zabro 1986

Andrea Branzi for Zabro

Chair, 1986

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Jeanne lanvin concerto evening gown  1934 35

Jeanne Lanvin

Concerto Evening Gown, 1934-35

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Interior image of the 1955 bavinger house by architect bruce goff in norman  oklahoma

Interior image of the Bavinger House by architect Bruce Goff

1955, Norman, Oklahoma

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Frank lloyd wright design for theatre curtain hillside theatre taliesin spring green wisconsin 1952

Frank Lloyd Wright

Design for Theatre Curtain, Hillside Theatre, Taliesin Spring Green, Wisconsin,1952

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Carol bove strawberries need rain  2003

Carol Bove

Strawberries Need Rain, 2003

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Capri  casa malaparte by adalberto libera

Adalberto Libera

Villa Malaparte, 1938, Capri, Italy

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Paul t frankl 1930   skyscraper vanity

Paul T. Frankl

Skyscraper Vanity, 1930

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Artwork by diane arbus  headless woman  n.y.c. 1961

Diane Arbus

Headless Woman, N.Y.C. 1961

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Imogen cunningham  junk  1931

Imogen Cunningham

Junk, 1931

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Andrea branzi  intrecci  1

Andrea Branzi

Intrecci 1, 2006

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Jean dunand   jean goulden  commode a   l anglaise  pie  ce unique  1921

Jean Dunand & Jean Goulden

A Unique Black and Polychrome Lacquered Cabinet, 1921

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Jean dunand a vase circa 1925 d5644814g

Jean Dunand

Vase, 1925

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Luigi russolo  1911  the revolt  la rivolta

Luigi Russolo

The Revolt (La rivolta), 1911

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Marcel duchamp  the brawl at austerlitz  1921

Marcel Duchamp

The Brawl at Austerlitz, 1921

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Maxime du camp  abu simbel  1850

Maxime Du Camp

Abu Simbel, 1850

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Piet zwart  cabbage with hoarfrost  1930

Piet Zwart

Cabbage with Hoarfrost, 1930

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Richard artschwager untitled  1988

Richard Artschwager

Untitled, 1988

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Refuge tonneau  by charlotte perriand and pierre jeanneret

Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret

Refuge Tonneau, 1938

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Seconda armchair by mario botta

Mario Botta

Seconda Armchair, 1982

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Sigmar polke  alice in wonderland  alice in wunderland  1972

Sigmar Polke

Alice in Wonderland (Alice in Wunderland), 1972

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Struckus house  bruce goff  woodland hills  california  1979

Bruce Goff

Struckus House, 1979, Woodland Hills, California

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