Louis Vuitton's Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière is either an expert location scout or has a very talented one on his team. In recent years, the French house has showed its main season collections inside the world-famous Louvre Museum in Paris, building futuristic sets in different wings to masterfully communicate the designer's signature point of inspiration: mixing elements of the past and the present. For the commercially crucial in-between season of resort (or cruise), Louis Vuitton has hit the road, staging runway shows in such stunning locales as the French Riviera, Kyoto, Rio de Janeiro and Palm Springs, making for unforgettable backdrops as the models walked by in the new offering of clothing and accessories.
Ghesquière has his sights set stateside once again for his Resort 2020 collection: On Friday, he announced on Instagram (and the brand confirmed to Fashionista) that Louis Vuitton's next cruise show will take place in New York City on May 8, 2019. In keeping with his preference for venues that are architectural marvels — think the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro and the Bob Hope Estate in Palm Springs — we're thinking that no typical studio space or waterside pier will do. Louis Vuitton's runway presentation will come on the heels of Chanel's Métiers d'Art Pre-Fall 2019 show at the Met and Versace's Pre-Fall 2019 show, both of which are taking place in New York this December.
Update, April 1, 8:57 a.m.: Louis Vuitton will showcase its Resort 2020 collection at the TWA Flight Center at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Ghesquière announced the location in an Instagram post on Monday. Ghesquière loves to stage his shows at modernist landmarks: Designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, the wing-shaped terminal is a perfect midcentury example of modernist architecture. The terminal opened in 1962, but has been closed since 2001, because it could no longer support the size of present-day airplanes. The building will reopen on May 15 as the TWA Hotel, complete with a rooftop pool, observation deck, stores, bars and restaurants. Louis Vuitton will be the first to hold an event in the restored structure before it opens to the public.