It has been quite a long time now since we came to the understanding that the revelation of cruise collections is veering to a completely new direction, namely, packing up all things, flocking up a batch of prominent fashion figures or just faithful friends and leaving the motherland for some remote cruise-worthy venue. Combining good relaxation moments and resort collection revelation event is so much inspiring, after all. Just in time when buzzes, lauds or maybe critiques around Chanel’s resort 2017 collection in Cuba have tailed away, Louis Vuitton comes to the fore under the tutelage of experiment-lover designer Nicolas Ghesquiere to unveil its resort 2017 show in just another Latin American city, Rio de Janeiro.
May 29, 2016 saw the Niteròi Contemporary Art Museum morphed into that very place to host the huge Louis Vuitton team, reportedly comprising more than 300 people, among them being models, hair and makeup artists, seamstresses, public relations types, while the locale and international guests added up to 514. Alicia Vikander, Jaden Smith and Catherine Deneuve were surely in attendance and among front rowers as the brand’s great muses, while Alessandra Ambrosio took the charge of Snapchatting for the brand.
The starting point for models was the amazing amorphous building of Niteròi Contemporary Art Museum, through the red whirlwind ramps of which they were walking down to be greeted in the patio by the guests seated on iridescent stools, all arranged in the same Niteròi-style whirlwind structure. With the azure waters of Guanabara Bay and the rocky surface of Sugarloaf Mountain coming to the view, the guests were sure to feel with every fiber of their beings the free-spirited, terrae filius and athletic character of Louis Vuitton’s resort 2017 collection.
Actually, their contact with Mother Nature of Rio de Janeiro had started since early Thursday and those two days were bastante to take a helicopter ride around the city center, to trip to Corcovado and be blessed by Cristo Redentor and even to take paddleboard lessons.
And then on the third day, time was ripe to go in touch with sports as well, since it was the theme of Louis Vuitton’s resort 2017 collection as a tribute to the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics, due to take place in Rio de Janeiro from 5 to 21 August, 2016. From the very first look of the show we could catch the whole ease of athleisure spirit with a series of scuba-diving-style suits exposing vivacious colorblocks and some pretty deconstructed parts on the sleeves, at the waistlines or on the belly parts and paired either with pointed-toe shoes or out-and-out resort-ready thong sandals.
There were also some red racer pants with black side stripes, windbreaker parkas, a couple of basketball shorts, some parachute dresses and those marvelous air blue ruffled mini dresses covered with futebol prints inspired by the illustrations of Brazilian artist Aldemir Martins. We could also notice a soupçon of black and white check prints either on the hems of a scuba skirt suit or on a knitted sweater, obviously driving at the discussion that chess would have been included in the Olympics as well by 2020.
The flirty ruffles were being delivered in droves mainly on super mini dresses, either at the hems or on the bibs, thus triumphantly marrying athleisure with hot Brazilian Carnival spirit. But when French elegance came to the mixture, it was a scene worth to be imprinted in memories for a long time.
“I never forget that I’m a foreigner, so I’ve also brought Paris here,” said Nicolas about the collection, “I think what defines our time is that women want to look sophisticated and they want casual sports clothes—those are the two big obsessions.”
The French spirit arrived under the guise of black polished pantsuits and skirt suits with statement crystal buttons aligned down the blazers, while those sparkling silver skinny scarves wrapped around the necks were really some pumpkins – kind of a scarf and a jewelry piece, two rolled into one. But sparkles and glitters did not end there, continuing their way onto a couple of effortless blouses as well that were so Frenchly worn over floral ruffled dresses.
As the true king of leather, Louis Vuitton’s resort 2017 chow was all the while playing with leather at times combined with suede, starting from a series of outerwear pieces to those belly baring ruffled dresses to a couple of amazing olive green and navy blue cutout minis promising to captivate many ladies out there. As for the bags, which are truly the brand’s security blanket, the styles were aplenty whether we had a yen for the cult-classic Speedy or the Twist or were enthusiastic to embrace a spanking new Pliage style or else in high spirits to carry that boombox bag that reportedly can really play music via Bluetooth technology. And who knows, maybe the finale samba performance was held to the Latin chords coming out of the very Louis Vuitton boombox?
Photos courtesy of Vogue