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.




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

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