An edi­tor’s in­sider view on the Louis Vuit­ton Cruise col­lec­tion in Ja­pan.

Louis Vuit­ton hosts a spec­ta­cle link­ing tra­di­tion and moder­nity.

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The Louis Vuit­ton 2018 Cruise show was hosted an hour out­side of Ky­oto at the Miho Mu­seum, a lo­ca­tion as stun­ning as it is se­cluded. This was a on­cein-a-life­time extravaganza fea­tur­ing a white-car­peted run­way that stretched over a gorge high in the red-pine-forested hill­side. This sharp, ar­chi­tec­tural set­ting strongly jux­ta­posed with the ver­dant back­ground and set the tone for a col­lec­tion that ex­plored the link be­tween tra­di­tion and moder­nity.

WEAR IT WELL “Ja­pan was one of the first places I trav­elled to when I was seek­ing in­spi­ra­tion,” Ni­co­las Gh­esquière said of his vi­sion for the show, call­ing the col­lec­tion “a cul­mi­na­tion of what Ja­pan has given me for a very long time.” This in­spi­ra­tion man­i­fested it­self in one of his most ex­cit­ing and strong­est bod­ies of work.

Mas­ter­ful tai­lor­ing, seen on over­sized, slope-shoul­dered suit jack­ets, high­lighted his de­sign au­thor­ity, and a range of tex­tures like se­quins, knits and fur made for cool, con­fi­dent lay­er­ing. Ref­er­ences came from a va­ri­ety of places: the Ja­panese film Stray Cat Rock, Ja­panese art, such as Hoku­sai’s The Great Wave Off Kana­gawa, and even samurai ar­mour, which pre­sented in the form of glit­ter­ing, glam­orous war­rior girls in Noh-the­atre gold lace.

LO­CAL PART­NER Gh­esquière col­lab­o­rated on this col­lec­tion with de­signer Kan­sai Ya­mamoto—the man re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing David Bowie’s Ziggy Star­dust look—whose con­tem­po­rary in­flu­ence and love of colour was all over the pat­terns and prints.

MODEL MA­TE­RIAL Cast­ing was di­verse; the show fea­tured many Asian models, in­clud­ing Ja­pan’s Miki Ehara and Rila Fukushima, Korea’s Hee­jung Park, Hoyeon Jung, Sora Choi and Doona Bae and China’s Jing Wen and French/Chi­nese Estelle Chen. Ris­ing stars Se­lena For­rest (who said that the show was “by far one of the coolest shows [she has] been a part of”) and our very own Emm Ar­ruda rounded out an eclec­tic, edgy mix.

WAIT FOR IT The ac­ces­sories are go­ing to fly out of shops this sea­son, espe­cially the sure-to-be-wait­listed Speedy and Petit Malle bags with de­light­fully play­ful Ya­mamoto-de­signed kabuki-mask stick­ers.

CELEB SPOT­TING Jen­nifer Con­nelly, Michelle Wil­liams, So­phie Turner, Is­abelle Hup­pert, Fan Bing­bing, Ri­ley Keough and Laura Har­rier were at the show and min­gled while sip­ping sun­set cock­tails in the mu­seum with the throngs of guests wait­ing to con­grat­u­late Gh­esquière af­ter­wards.

AFTER SUN­SET The post­show party started in Ky­oto’s his­toric Shin­bashi Dori Street, LV-branded lanterns hang­ing out­side ev­ery restau­rant, where guests were hosted by the dis­trict’s fa­mous geishas. After din­ner (and a lot of sake), the red lanterns formed a path through the city lead­ing to the night­club Surf Disco, where the models from the show danced and took self­ies with rap­per Tyga. n

SHOW Louis Vuit­ton 2018 Cruise col­lec­tion. LO­CA­TION The Miho Mu­seum, nes­tled in Ja­pan’s Shi­garaki Moun­tains. IN­SPI­RA­TION Cre­ative di­rec­tor Ni­co­las Gh­esquière’s on­go­ing love af­fair with Ja­pan.

The in­vi­ta­tion to the show came in a chic em­bossed-leather en­ve­lope (above); the stairs lead­ing into the Miho Mu­seum (right)

Louis Vuit­ton took over Shin­bashi Dori Street for a cel­e­bra­tory post­show din­ner. Cus­tom lanterns led the way to the sake fest inside (left).

Models stomped down the run­way, their foot­steps some­times caus­ing the bridge to move.

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