Nicolas Ghesquière’s Louis Vuitton cruise show took place at the Bob and Dolores Hope Estate in Palm Springs, California. Ghesquière’s show was likely to be extremely anticipated and popular as he is one of the most renowned designers in the world due to being the director of the house of Louis Vuitton. Ghesquière has been the head of Balenciaga, which he turned into a more popular and critically acclaimed brand. He has also worked with French designer Agnès B and as an assistant for Jean-Paul Gaultier.
The show was attended by the likes of Michelle Williams, Miranda Kerr, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Selena Gomez. Chairman of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, Bernard Arnault showed his delight at the show, giving Ghesquière full credit by saying “First of all, it’s Nicolas”, who had picked out the details of the show, including the venue. The estate on which the show took place has been valued at $25million and is reportedly for sale. It was certainly a feature that had many guests impressed. Michelle Williams said “I feel like I’m on a lunar landing or something. It’s like another planet”. Kanye West also expressed his awe, stating “I don’t want to speak too much. But I can say it’s dope. It’s very dope.” The venue choice seemed interesting to many, as it has been said that Ghesquière himself is very fond of futuristic designs and art.
The collection was distinctive to previous work by the designer, who has produced clothes for Balenciaga which have been more formal and polished. This Spring/Summer 2016 collection seemed to be more raw and urban, with paler pastel colours and a range of shapes and prints. In reference to his collection, at the end of the show in the finale, he said “I want to talk to many types of women, not one icon, and every season I try to express that as strongly as possible.” Ghesquière said that the collection was representative of a group of women in the desert, who had the space and ability to show their attitude. He called it an “intriguing confusion”.
Images Source: Womenswear Daily, Luxury Portfolio International and Vogue.