Louis Vuitton: Cruise 2019
This was the epic tour-de-force fire in Nicolas Ghesquière’s heart, marking a new five year contract at Louis Vuitton. In case you missed the memo last week, Nicolas Ghesquière is #notgoinganywhere. And so we begin this review with a breaking newsworthy collaboration: Louis Vuitton has partnered with Grace Coddington on a capsule collection. Yes, that’s right, her love for cats, that she has always sketched so fabulously, purred on the arms of Ghesquière’s girls as they glided through the grounds of the Foundation Maeght. “I hope it will be a dream come true for Pumpkin, Blanket and Nicolas’ dog – it certainly is for me,” Grace said. “It started with our love for animals, it’s where Nicolas and I really connect beyond fashion.” A connection we are here for. So this was Cruise 2019 and these girls were cruising, their new found territory overlooking the Colline des Gardettes’ hilltop amongst the five elements that Isabelle Maeght said before the show are vegetable, mineral, water, fire and human. Healthy! Yes, it was down to earth, completely grounded in thigh high leather boots that scrunched into solid golden platform sneaker situations leading the way, space walkers. There is always an undercurrent of pretty in Ghesquière’s LV; loose satin shorts were somewhere between boxer and boudoir, giant paillettes flounced like bird feathers on a new-school youthful red carpet, for the next wave of young actors. The purest white pleats sliced sleeves so killer soft with their partners in crime- tough leather panels over shoulders, an armour in full force. Sunglasses were goggle and visor, Princess Anne last week vibes – we knew she was on to something. Each jacket and vest was perfectly sculpted, falling in our direction, the Ghesquière’s effect. It was a fire collection and it all glistened and shined, that Vuitton energy pumping out with the collaboration of the season. Oh how we want a Grace ‘Cat’ Coddington right now. Love partnerships at this clever Vuitton level. Nicolas Ghesquière was right. He’s not going anywhere. Placing order for thigh high sneaker boots now.