The one thing I have noted about the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2018 show was how perfect Kyoto was as a backdrop. Set against the surroundings of the Miho Museum (handpicked by Nicholas) this spectacle will be one I remember. “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”, explains Nicholas. I often wonder how design houses choose locations for their shows, and now perhaps I see. It takes travelling far and wide to find their ideal environment.
The Cruise collection is balanced: mythical yet definite, urban yet natural. There is one clear inspiration, and that’s culture. You can see the emblems of Japanese culture throughout, such as the dedicated to traditional samurai dress, underpinning the warrior Nicholas wants us to be when we wear our clothes. This isn’t about dressing, it’s about embodiment. Beneath the obvious symbols of his inspiration, Nicholas has brought us tunics, tailoring as well as noteworthy jackets, a personal favourite of mine having been honoured to wear some of last season’s collection. Yes, he makes a stellar coat. This about drama; every item has made a statement which perhaps is one of pride and respect. And not every collection can exude that.
Take a look at the full Louis Vuitton Cruise 2018 collection below.