SHAPE SHIFTER

Louis Vuitton took to the South of France to showcase their Resort 19 show where a Joan Miró labyrinth filled with sculptures and ceramics accompanied Nicholas Ghesquières’ latest collection.

THE INSPIRATION

Louis Vuitton has a long history with the French Rivera, yet Nicholas Ghesquière looked to timeless 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 shapes of the statues and the volumes of the statues were influencing my silhouette, absolutely. You always fight with gravity when you design clothes”
Nicholas Ghesquière
THE SET-UP

Louis Vuitton took a break from showing their latest collection at the Louvre in Paris and had guests trekking up to 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, yet amped up and remixed for 2019.

THE GUEST LIST

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

THE CLOTHES

Paying homage to eccentric women everywhere, Ghesquière’s gave a subtle nod to the 1980s with beaded lingerie and hand-painted acid-washed denim – a nod to the Maeght’s contemporary art collection no less. Ghesquière 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 dressed and thigh-high leather Archlight sneakers were fiercely modern and echoed the volumes of the statues the models weaved in and out of.

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 Ghesquiere’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 SOUND TRACK

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 especially 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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