A trip from modernity to Shangri-La, Louis Vuitton teleports us from Paris to Kyoto, to the Miho Museum – designed by Chinese-American architect I.M.Pei – for the House’s Cruise 2018 Collection show.
Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière, on his inspiration of the collection:
“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. Japan is a country I know well. 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. This collection is the culmination of what Japan has given to me for a very longtime.”
The collection articulates the evolution and juxtaposition of tradition and modernity, while respectfully referencing:
- the Samurai – Japanese military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan;
- figurative engraving and inked landscapes of Japanese art;
- the kimono (ceremonial dress);
- the keikogi – uniform – of martial arts;
- Cinematic dramaturgy and works of Kurosawa (1910-1998) and Kitano
Actresses Rila Fukushima and Doona Bae opened and closed the fashion show.
Key looks and accents of the collection:
Urban pantsuits and architectural tunics are designed in the spirit of Hokusai, a Japanese artist, painter and printmaker of the Edo period. Delicately crafted obi belts become the fabric of tapered trousers.
Interwoven jersey and leather sweaters recall the armor of Japanese warriors.
Evening dresses gleam with Noh theater gold.
Handbags and clutches are decorated with Kabuki masks.
This collection also pays tribute to designer Kansaï Yamamoto, who has created icons, symbols, and characters for Louis Vuitton bags and accessories.