Everything That Happened at Louis Vuitton’s Cruise Show in Kyoto

Nicolas Ghesquiére has a love affair with Japan. “It was one of the first places I traveled to when I was seeking inspiration, some twenty years ago, and I’ve been a regular visitor ever since,” he says in a statement. His admiration for Japanese culture served as inspiration for the Louis Vuitton 2018 cruise collection, which debuted yesterday and is a “culmination of what Japan has given to me for a very long time.” Here’s what you need to know:

The venue

The Miho Museum sits atop a mountain one hour outside of Kyoto, Japan. Designed in 1997 by I.M.Pei (who notably designed the glass pyramid at the Louvre), it was fashioned after the mythical Shangri-La. Ghesquiére chose the location for the way it encapsulates Japan’s “fusion of urban and natural.”

The clothes

The collection was a mixture of classic motifs native to Japan–inked landscapes, ceremonial dress, samurai clothing, the keikogi robe-like outfit worn for martial arts, as well as cinematic influences from Japanese directors Akira Kurosawa and Takeshi Kitano.

LOUIS VUITTON

LOUIS VUITTON

LOUIS VUITTON

There were pantsuits and tunics featuring Hokusai-like prints. (The artist’s most famous work was “The Great Wave“).

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