Monday Muse: Louis Vuitton’s Palm Springs Sojourn

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016

Louis Vuitton Resort 2016

15 years ago, Nicolas Ghesquiere saw the Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs. It’s taken him a decade and a half to finally show a collection in the storied home, which was designed by super star-chitect John Lautner. With his futuristic leanings and avant-garde pedigree, it’s a surprise it’s taken the super star designer this long, but with over 800 rooms booked in the desert oasis and a cadre of editors, models, superstars and luxury clients all ready to feast their eyes on the latest resort collection, Louis Vuitton took center stage under the building’s iconic curves.

Far-flung locales are no surprise during resort season. Raf Simons has showed in Monaco (and will show at Pierre Cardin’s South of France home this season) and Karl Lagerfeld has chosen Dubai, Venice and more for Chanel’s outrageous presentations. But Palm Springs? It’s a city known for bohemian bacchanals and bronzed skin, not high fashion. Ghesquiere’s collection changed that, with a directional collection that you’re sure to find contemporary labels and fast fashion lines scrambling to copy.

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016

Like his A-line minis and tiny bags, this collection will have plenty for other designers to riff on. Just a hint of midriff was on show, a more demure take on fashion’s obsession with the crop top. Motocross jackets blended leather, canvas, suede and even scuba — sometimes all in one. It was a feast of materials, craftsmanship and real fashion, especially when models came out in paisleys, distressed leathers and more. Croc embossing was on show, too, giving the already-luxe looks an even more expensive feel. Even the tried-and-true LV logos got a refresh. While some lines are shying away from house emblems, a few are embracing them whole-heartedly (Donatella never misses an opportunity to showcase the Medusa). Vuitton’s floral motif was embossed super-sized on a column and imprinted in to snakeskin. Models even wore leather rings featuring the clover design sprinkled between those storied initials.

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016

Dresses were paired with over-the-top sneakers and there was a feel of futurism (as is the norm with Ghesquiere’s work), but it was all very grounded in the handwork and tradition of Vuitton. Some designers find taking the helm of a heritage brand a burden, but after just a year or so, Ghesquiere has shown that he’s comfortable blending his point of view with that of Vuitton’s.

Images courtesy Vogue and Style

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