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In Toronto’s In­te­gral House, un­du­lat­ing lines of ar­chi­tec­ture mir­ror the whim­si­cal de­signs of Louis Vuit­ton’s 2019 Cruise col­lec­tion.

Ni­co­las Gh­esquière is known for find­ing ex­quis­ite set­tings to show­case his col­lec­tions for Louis Vuit­ton. There’s al­ways a har­mo­nious link to ar­chi­tec­ture and na­ture that is echoed in his de­signs. The artis­tic di­rec­tor would ap­pre­ci­ate the har­monic in­flu­ences that in­spired In­te­gral House in Toronto, where we shot th­ese looks from his 2019 Cruise col­lec­tion. The home, which was owned by math­e­ma­ti­cian James Ste­wart, has un­du­lat­ing lines that mir­ror the river val­ley be­low as well as the sil­hou­ettes in th­ese looks.

The col­lec­tion was shown in May at the Fon­da­tion Maeght—a pri­vate art foun­da­tion in Saint-Paul de Vence. The space has works from sur­re­al­ists like Marc Cha­gall, Joan Miró and Alexan­der Calder. Be­fore en­ter­ing the main build­ing, I re­mem­ber stop­ping to take pho­tos of Calder’s an­gu­lar ab­stract sculp­ture en­ti­tled

The Re­in­force­ments (Les ren­forts). It was an apt ref­er­ence for Gh­esquière’s fifth Cruise col­lec­tion for LV. The de­signer—whose con­tract has been re­newed—brought a new sense of whimsy to the house. This in­cluded the added “re­in­force­ment,” or col­lab­o­ra­tion, with Grace Cod­ding­ton.

The pair cre­ated a col­lec­tion of ac­ces­sories that blend the LV mono­gram with Cod­ding­ton’s sketches of her cats Pump­kin and Blan­ket as well as Gh­esquière’s dogs Léon and Achille. Gh­esquière told WWD that he was drawn to the for­mer Vogue creative di­rec­tor’s quirky per­sona. “This cruise show is about ec­cen­tric­ity for me,” he said. “It’s about how an in­di­vid­ual can have her own proper style and can start a move­ment.”

Aside from th­ese “cat­nip” pieces, which will be in stores in Oc­to­ber, Gh­esquière brought his own quirky take on per­sonal style, from his thigh-high Arch­light sneaker boots to his gla­di­a­tor-like ruf­fled vests. As a coun­ter­point to the streetwear vibe (think se­quined bombers and acid­washed hand-painted denim jack­ets), there were em­broi­dered and beaded lin­gerie-like shifts and shorts. To com­plete this imag­i­na­tive fash­ion mash-up, Gh­esquière added pleated di­aphanous gowns and feath­ered tops. Per­haps the de­signer—like the other sur­re­al­ist artists in that set­ting—gave his un­con­scious mind creative li­cence to imag­ine his own swirling and dreamy ab­stract cre­ations.

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