Louis Vuitton Kyoto
Resort Collection 2018

Louis Vuitton Kyoto
Louis Vuitton Kyoto

Louis Vuitton Kyoto. Born in Comines, in the North of France, enigmatic fashion designer Nicolas Ghesquière first touched down in Japan as a young designer travelling the world. Since that first visit, the island nation’s culture, history and beauty have been of continued influenced in Ghesquière’s work; a love affair that culminated in his 2018 cruise collection for Parisian luxury brand Louis Vuitton, which appointed Ghesquière as artistic director of womenswear in 2013. “It was one of the first places I traveled to when I was seeking inspiration, some twenty years ago, and I’ve been a regular visitor ever since”,  Ghesquière said post-show. ” This collection is the culmination of what Japan has given to me for a very longtime”.

As a venue, Louis Vuitton took over the 1998 opened Miho Museum, an hours drive South off Kyoto. Housing the priceless collection amassed by Japanese heiress Mihoko Koyama, the wood, steel and glass building was designed by I.M. Pei. The architect previously designed the famous glass pyramid at the centre of the Louvre in Paris; his creation for a Japanese museum is equally impressive. Located in a nature reserve, the Miho Museum is surrounded by lush greenery, woodlands and rising mountains. For Louis Vuitton Kyoto, models made up with Kaubuki theatre inspired maquillage arrived at the all-white runway via a conveyor belt, before crossing a metal canopy’ed bridge stretching between two valleys. ”I visited the Miho Museum a few years ago and was fascinated by I.M.Pei’s concept of the harmony between architecture and nature”.

For his collection, Nicolas Ghesquière interpreted the best of Japanese art, traditions and crafts. Cap sleeved  leather jackets and jerkins reminded of ancient Samurai warriors’ battle costume while delicate golden evening gowns recalled precious Noh theatre stage get-ups. Louis Vuitton Kyoto 2018 also marks the debut of another collaboration following this season’s limited editions Jeff Koons bags , as Ghesquière recruited legendary Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto to draw icons, fantastical characters and Kabui faces as prints emblazoned on accessories, bags and sequinned dresses. Ghesquière was also inspired by Story Cat Rock, an erotic thriller following the adventures of all all-female gang of biking rebel-rousers. The 1970s film by director Yasuharu Hasebe resulted in punk details, from metal grommets to wild fur patchworks.

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Louis Vuitton Kyoto
Louis Vuitton Kyoto