Cruise Collection 2020
Presented at the TWA Flight Centre at JFK International Airport, the 2020 Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection captured the essence of travel, exploring the sensation of departing and returning. Honouring the Maison’s joy of discovery, Nicholas Ghesquière debuted a collection revitalizing past silhouettes and bringing forth references that drew on the world’s most bustling city.
By Brenna Dixon
The TWA Flight Centre designed by architect Eero Saarinen in 1962 was an indefinite symbol of rapid technological transformation post-WWII. Created with the desire to grasp the sensation of flight, Saarinen designed the wing-like structure with an open interior and concrete shell roof. The idyllic stage for the Louis Vuitton 2020 Cruise Collection signified the continuous circle of departing and returning. The entire facade illustrated the essentiality of a journey and exploration, representative of the history of the LV brand, which was constructed upon the joy of discovery.
The 2020 Cruise Collection symbolized the comings and goings of travel in a city synonymous with constant movement – none other than New York. As the collection was unveiled, an overarching dialogue was evident between Paris and New York, which was directly correlated to the silhouettes that exemplified a sartorial exchange. Leveraging off of the Masion’s savoir-faire, Nicholas Ghesquière debuted a refreshed synthesis which encompassed the two distinct worlds.
Channelling the connotation of moving back and forth, the collection shifted through ‘80s-inspired pieces: bubble skirts, batwing sleeves, and rounded shoulders, to a touch of ‘90s grunge with toned down combat boots and board shorts. There were vibes of futuristic superheros, from Wall Street pinstripes (complete with a tailoured suit and shirt dress) to form-fitting bustiers and structured, shoulder-grazing tops with a Neo-futurism vibe and slick black caps. Sharply tailored trousers nipped higher up on the waist with prominent belts, while cinched skirts danced between metallic embroidery, legendary buildings transposed as sophisticated prints, and acid colours, recalling the lights that radiate from notorious NYC high-rises. Iconic bags served as the ideal base for digitalization, as the prototypes made their world-premiere for the Maison.
The vibrant energy of the collection was electric, drawing on the mutable sensation of New York. As the eclectic collection drew from a variety of eras, Ghesquière refreshingly revitalized times past, presenting them to an entirely new generation.ç