Cruise Collection has turned out to be really profitable for the mega brands in the world of fashion. Initially introduced to the market- with ladies wearing high-branded outfits on their yacht trips- in mind, the cruise collection is now adopted as a yearly launch for the mega-names in the industry.
[L-R: Michael Burke– Chairman & CEO, LVMH; Delphine Arnault– Deputy CEO, LVMH; Nicolas Ghesquière– Creative Director, LVMH; Her Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco and His Highness Prince Albert of Monaco]
Recently joined the line, is one of the biggest names Louis Vuitton. Like the other two mega entities (Chanel in Dubai, Dior in NYC), #LVCruise was held at Monaco– the place that awaits the F1 Grand Prix this weekend. The initial idea, as it is heard, of holding this event at Monaco belongs none other than Her Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, who was present at the event along with His Highness Prince Albert of Monaco. This was the second collection by the newly appointed creative director of LVMH, Nicolas Ghesquière for the house, and the first ever cruise collection of the house.
[L-R: His Highness Prince Albert of Monaco, Bernard Arnault– Chairman & CEO, LVMH and his wife Hélène]
A see-through tent with custom-made Pierre Paulin seating was arranged for the three hundred guests in the Place du Palais, and the guest list comprise of Nicolas Ghesquière‘s favorites- Charlotte Gainsbourg, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Mackenzie Davis, Jennifer Connelly, Brit Marling, Ziyi Zhang made the front row. Bernard Arnault- the Chairman and CEO of LVMH, entered the venue accompanying the royal guests with a battalion of security guards.
Nicolas called the collection ‘A game of colors‘ where he has been found to be really happy playing with the not-so-conventional matching- deep pink with baby pink, orange with yellow, caution orange with see blue and so on. This collection is full of A-line, 70s themed retro pieces which has been presented with a collage of mismatched prints, embroidered lace with tiny seed beads, accessorized with spiky silver belts and knee-length gladiator sandal-boots. The collection, although having a lot of similarities with the designer’s previous one for the house- has its own uniqueness and appeal.
Since the cruise collection is targeted for the trips and tours, the selection of fabrics and colors is always very crucial. Nicolas had played his role greatly in that regard, for this collection. The vibrant colors of the outfits are perfect for outing as well as for casual hang out and for kitty parties and all that.
The collection also touched the Monégasque event Formula One– a red leather jacket that is pretty resembling to the race’s vibe as well as jersey dresses made in checkered flag motif.
This collection is sure to make people a bit nostalgic about the previous creations of Nicolas Ghesquière. The resemblance to the Fall Collection is very strong, along with this- the high-waisted, flared trouser pants are a good updated versions of those he created for Balenciaga. Although, these pants are what I love most about the collection, I really don’t think this is a very good sign when comes to fashion designing- where creativity is always of top-most priority and the strongest weapon to win the battle of competition. Or, is Nicolas still fascinating his days before LVMH? Well, as long as it sells out, which I am sure will be done sooner than expected, there should be no complaint!
The collarless jackets, on the other hand, are surely going add a new twist to the current trend, not to mention- one of the most popular trends, of tuxedo style suits.
As it has been mentioned now, creativity has been really dominating when it comes to the newly introduced bags on the runway. Apart from just modifying the existing collection (the Petite Malle now comes with a chain handle), there has been a great array of new comers in the line.
The bags are a little in competition with those painted gladiator sandal-boots.
The cruise collection is expected to be available in stores for longer than any other collection and therefore, will be covering diversified seasonal changes. Keeping this in mind, the Louis Vuitton Resort 2015 collection has been packed with variety of pieces- from sheer tops to fur-caots to jersey t-shirt dresses.
From personal point of view, the collection is full of pieces which anybody can mix n match according to own taste. There is scope of trying unconventional mixing of colors as well as totally eye-catching accessories. I would love to have a lot of them in my collection, althoug I prefer none of these set looks that much. Anyways, my top 3 favorites of the collection are:
Honestly, I love the leather jacket! It’s fabulous. And, also the skirt. But I would prefer to change the top with a much lighter color one.
This checkered flag themed jersey dress is perfect for any thing – and, not just for cruising. Its funny, sexy and very stylish. Needless to mention how your curves are going to befriends with it!
The dress is fun, comfortable, bright, flirty, cool and fashionable. And, with that spiked belt- what else does it require?
The collection will be available in stores- like the cruise collection always does- in November.
– sohelee tahmina