Nicolas Ghesquière Does Playful Elegance at Louis Vuitton Cruise

Colorful, young and modern: Ghesquière can't go wrong with that combo.
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Colorful, young and modern: Ghesquière can't go wrong with that combo.

The French Riviera was the place to be this weekend for both film and fashion lovers alike: While the Cannes Film festival raged on, giving us some divine red carpet fashion to delight in, designer Nicolas Ghesquière headed to nearby Monte Carlo to stage his first resort show for Louis Vuitton. In fact, it's the first time Vuitton has ever shown a resort collection on the runway.

Guests and longtime supporters of the designer including Jennifer Connelly, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Adèle Exarchopoulos sat front row in the custom glass show space at the Place du Palais in Monaco, where models walked the paneled runway atop a digital, beachy underwater scene.

Much like in the designer’s first offering for Louis Vuitton last season, Ghesquière kept the resort collection focused on the idea of building a wardrobe, showing pieces that are meant for mixing and everyday wear. While a number of the silhouettes and key pieces — textured outerwear, easy trousers, statement skirts — are similar to his fall collection, he brightened them up for resort in youthful hues like pink, orange, yellow and baby blue.

Pattern-mixing and texture play were also standout elements: Tweed is paired with leather accents, circular porthole-esque dots are strategically cut out on sweaters, and giant florals — some of which seemed to be inspired by coral and vegetation found at the bottom of the sea — are embroidered on pieces throughout. Finally, to pay an homage to the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix, Ghesquière even incorporated racing stripes and a checkerboard motif.

Louis Vuitton is known primarily as an accessories and leather goods brand, but by bringing Ghesquière’s ready-to-wear to the forefront, it’s becoming clear that the designer is able to capture the feeling of how modern women want to dress — and hopefully, will want to immediately buy. 

Plus, since resort is the year’s largest collection (and stays on the sales floor the longest) we’re not surprised to see Vuitton join in on the growing trend of lavish resort shows, following Dior’s resort 2014 production in Monaco and Chanel’s international extravaganzas in posh locales like Versailles, Dubai and Singapore. We're looking forward to seeing Ghesquière continue to make his mark on the heritage brand, and so far, he seems to be moving in the right direction. 

Click through to see all of the Louis Vuitton resort looks.