Let’s catch up with the latest Cruise collections from Louis Vuitton, Dior and Gucci.
Following Chanel in Cuba, Louis Vuitton has also picked an exotic location for its Resort fashion show.
The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a spaceship-like building by Oscar Niemeyer, was the perfect place to present a new athletic and futuristic Cruise Collection. And despite the outbreak of the Zika virus, the show was a success. Celebrities including Catherine Deneuve, Zendaya, Alicia Vikander and Jaden Smith attended the show. Guests were also treated to a tour of the city’s hot spots.
Jackets, skirts and dresses in vibrant colours, zips, multi-pockets, sequins, leather, images of famous Brazilian footballer Pelé and boombox bags that really make music via Bluetooth technology completed the sporty collection, which fitted perfectly in the city that will host the Olympic Games this August.
‘You know how much I love urban clothes and what women are wearing in the city..’, said creative director Nicolas Ghesquière at the end of the show, according InStyle. ‘With this collection, the big stories are the tropicalism and the urbanity at the same time. Brazil reflects this incredible mix of big cities with amazing buildings and architecture with a nature that is so strong. I’m a foreigner, I’m French, I bring dark clothes to a city that is all about exoticism and colour’.
After recently opening a new boutique in Bond Street, London, and revealing model Bella Hadid as the new Dior Makeup ambassador, the brand returned to Blenheim Palace for its Cruise Collection, 62 years after Christian Dior was invited by the Duchess of Marlborough to showcase at the Palace to raise money for the Red Cross.
Despite being without creative director after Raf Simons’ exit, Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux presented a beautiful collection full of global influences, including English florals and tweeds, tea dresses, printed silk skirts, flared trousers, Asian and African motifs, and the classic Bar jacket, tightened at the waist for a peplum effect. The English influence was also present on the Lady Dior bags that were adorned with charms of rabbits and foxes.
Guests arrived by train, renamed as the ‘Diorient Express‘. The front row included Alexa Chung, Kate Beckinsale and Elizabeth Olsen.
Alessandro Michele celebrated British culture with a Gothic collection at Westminster Abbey. Guests included Salma Hayek, Soko, Elle Fanning, Flo Morrissey, Soko and ASAP Rocky.
Inspired by vintage pieces, from the Victorian Age to the Punk era, mixing womenswear and menswear, Gucci explored the history of British fashion.
Michele created the edgy collection using frills, country florals, leather, velvet, bleached denim, oversized clothes, classic tartan and Union Jack sweaters.
‘I chose Westminster Abbey because everyone has this idea of London being cool, but for me the history is what’s really cool.”explained the designer. ‘The idea of the show is an homage to the city, because I love English people.’