Louis Vuitton journeyed to the South of France for their Resort 2019 show. A Joan Miró labyrinth filled with sculptures and ceramics accompanied Nicolas Ghesquière’s latest collection.

 

THE INSPIRATION

Louis Vuitton has a long history with the French Rivera. However, Nicolas Ghesquière took inspiration from modernity and the sculptures placed throughout The Marguerite and Aimé Maeght Foundation to inspire eclectic, contemporary silhouettes for a forward-thinking approach to his Resort 2019 collection.

THE SET-UP

Louis Vuitton took a break from showing their latest collection at the Louvre in Paris and had guests trekking up the southern French hilltop village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence for their Resort 2019 show. Why? Because this is where The Maeght Foundation, a private art foundation whose gardens are filled with works by the likes of Alberto Giacometti and Marc Chagall, sits. Models snaked through the maze of hefty sculptures created by Joan Miró for the sixties-era foundation, wearing some of Ghesquière’s signature creations from recent seasons, remixed for the Resort season.

THE GUEST-LIST

Friends of the House were joined in the South of France by Emma Stone, Sienna Miller, Jennifer Connelly, Léa Seydoux, Justin Theroux, Ruth Negga and Laura Harrier.

“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.”

Nicolas Ghesquière
THE CLOTHES

Paying homage to eccentric women everywhere, Ghesquière hinted at the 1980s with beaded lingerie and hand-painted acid-washed denim – a nod to the Maeght’s contemporary art collection no-less. He also championed individuality with a mismatched, eclectic collection of outfits that were reminiscent of spaceship uniforms or female Jedis – spliced silhouettes and curved lapels; over-sized dresses and thigh-high, leather Archlight sneakers were fiercely modern and echoed the volumes of the statues between which the models weaved.

THE ACCESSORIES

One of the collection’s highlights was a collaboration with the iconic writer, illustrator and fashion editor, Grace Coddington. Coddington created a line of accessories for Resort 2019 with sketches of her two cats Pumpkin and Blanket and Ghesquière’s dog, Leon, on Vuitton’s iconic monogram. An over-the-knee boot/sneaker hybrid is also sure to be this season’s cult item.

THE SOUNDTRACK

As guests arrived, French artist Woodkid gave a live musical performance in the Giacometti Courtyard, bringing together instruments invented by the Baschet Brothers in the 1950s. The duo conducted acoustic experiments and created a family of sound structures based on the vibrations of glass and metal, which were specially reprised for the event. Woodkid also curated the soundtrack for the show, in which Jennifer Connelly read extracts from Grace Coddington’s biography Grace: A Memoir.

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