Louis Vuitton Cruise 2018, Kyoto

Published for Bluin Artinfo

May 2017

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2018, Kyoto
Looks from Louis Vuitton Cruise 2018, Kyoto

Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton Creative Director for Women’s Collections, presented his fourth Cruise collection for the house on May 14, 2017 at the Miho Museum in Kyoto, Japan. He fused fashion, nature and architecture expressing the spirit of travel and being on the road, the 2018 Cruise Collection showcases the designer’s love affair with Japan.

“It was one of the first places I travelled to when I was seeking inspiration, some twenty years ago, and I’ve been a regular visitor ever since. (The Collection is a) culmination of what Japan has given to me for a very long time,” says Nicolas.

The unique location chosen by the designer as he believes that it encapsulates Japan’s “fusion of urban and natural.” Miho Museum is located on mountain one hour outside of Kyoto. The museum is revealed through a spectacular metal tunnel and a futuristic suspension bridge, designed in 1997 by I.M.Pei.

The cruise collection had various prominent Japanese influences throughout, majorly paying tribute to designer Kansai Yamamoto. Yamamoto created icons, symbols, and characters for the accessories, which featured Kabuki mask-like designs. These inspirations are translated in the Cruise collection in accessories, prints and make-up. The models wore dramatic eyebrows, exaggerated winged eyeliner, and colorful face as the Kabuki masks.

The garments had a blend of classic motifs native to Japan, inked landscapes, ceremonial dress, samurai clothing, the keikogi robe-like outfit worn for martial arts, as well as cinematic influences from Japanese directors Akira Kurosawa and Takeshi Kitano. There were pantsuits and tunics featuring Hokusai-like prints. Leather sweaters reminded one of the Japanese warriors.

The collection along depicted the culture of Japan also evoked the question of evolution.

 

Gucci Cruise 2018, Florence

Published for Blouin Artinfo

May 2017

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Looks from Gucci Cruise 2018

The grand Gucci Cruise 2018, was held in Florence at the Palatina Gallery at Palazzo Pitti on May 29, 2017. The venue was an apt choice for the kind of muse Alessandro Michele had while putting together this collection.

The collection was everything Renaissance, bought in the modern world with absolutely no rules. Right from the paintings hung on the walls to the embroidery on the chairs helped to build up the mood for what followed.

The Cruise line offered some women’s gowns and fur coats along dresses, skirt and shorts. The men’s pieces were injected with graphics, slogans and embroidered details if not quilted.

There were prints, paired with prints worn under a layer of some more prints. Leopard-spot turbans, head scarves, bandeaux, nerdy tinted spectacles, glittery-framed sunglasses, medieval hairpieces and loads of bling. Pearls were woven into flowing tresses and at an instance adorned over the face. Embellished, glittery monogrammed GG tights and socks that went along many looks.

The major highlight of the show was the sparkling “GUCCY” typo on one of the model’s chest.  This trans-seasonal collection urged the viewer to unleash all norms of fashion. Slogans like “GUCCIFY” or “GUCCIFICATION” made sure this collection was like the one that was showcased never before.

The models had minimal makeup on with flushed cheeks and glistening eye-lids. The collection was an interesting mix of the renaissance art and 21st century fashion.

Everything about this Cruise collection was “GUCCIFIED” right from the personal invites, to the grand venue to the glorious collection.