Louis Vuitton Cruise 2019 runway presentation took place in the lovely Fondation Maeght in the village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence on the French Riviera. A masterpiece of modern architecture, the Fondation Maeght was designed by architect Josep Lluis Sert to present modern and contemporary art in all its forms. The Fondation’s essence, to showcase the creation of our times, is intrinsically connected to Louis Vuitton’s commitment to the Arts and close to Nicolas Ghesquière’s inspirations.
With their spliced sleeves and curved lapels, the opening outfits brought to mind a cadre of female Jedi. He pumped up fall’s spaceship uniform volumes with oversize dresses set off by thigh-high leather boots that reprised the chunky soles of his hit Archlight sneakers.
“For sure, the shapes of the statues and the volumes of the statues were influencing my silhouette, absolutely. You always fight with gravity when you design clothes,” the designer noted.
“You want the clothes to be light, or to be suspended, or to be in movement with the body of the woman, and so it’s very interesting, I think, this relationship with movement and those wonderful monoliths of art,” he added.
“What is important is to build a vocabulary, I think, and it’s what I’ve been doing now for five years with Louis Vuitton, and so you can also play with that vocabulary and transgress it and shake it,” he mused.
“We all dream about doing timeless things, but the thing is, we’re doing fashion. We want to be in the moment, and we’re trying hard, I think, every designer, to respond to the desire of having a new emotion with fashion. So there’s this duality,” he added.