For its fourth Louis Vuitton Cruise 2018 under designer Nicolas Ghesquière, the French fashion brand chose the Miho Museum designed by I.M. Pei, the architect of the Grand Louvre and its pyramids in Paris. An extraordinary setting that bridges urban and nature, nestled in a hidden valley, the Miho museum is located in the southwest of Kyoto. Nestled in a hidden valley, the museum is revealed through a spectacular metal tunnel and a futuristic suspension bridge. This unique home to more than a thousand works of art, blends exoticism with modernity, while steeped in the most luscious forest.
Expressing the spirit of travel and being on the road, the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2018 collection combines fashion, nature and architecture. Also, the collection pays tribute to designer Kansaï Yamamoto, who inspired an entire generation of Japanese designers to present their creations in France. Fusing traditional, western and oriental styles, the clothes evoke the question of evolution. The pieces recall the samurai with figurative engraving, ceremonial dress, martial arts uniforms, the dramaturgy of Kurosawa films or the distinctive melancholy of Kitano’s movies.
Pantsuits and architectural tunics feature designs inspired by the paintings of Kokusai. Interwoven jersey and leather sweaters call to mind the armor of Japanese warriors. Japanese cultural references include evening dresses gleaming with Noh theater gold, while handbags and clutches are decorated with Kabuki masks.
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