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Louis Vuitton Cruise 2018: Samurai Chic

Louis Vuitton just showed their 2018 cruise collection near Kyoto, Japan and it is fit for a warrior woman.

Louis Vuitton is one of the most well-known luxury brands in the world, and for a good reason. The brand is known for its quality and its penchant for the creative which is why the 2018 cruise show is beautiful but not surprising in the least.

Each year since the entrance of creative director Nicholas Ghesquière, the cruise shows have become more grand, and more focused on the blend between architecture, nature, and the connection with the collection.  The long flowing designs of 2016 cruise collection in Palm Springs, at the estate of the late actor Bob Hope was stunning against the backdrop of the beautiful modern home designed by famed architect John Lautner.


The 2017 collection set in Rio de Janiero was held at the Niteròi Contemporary Art Museum designed by Brazilian architecht Oscar Niemeyer. The elaborate backdrop was the perfect set for the brightly colored geometric designs Ghesquière displayed that season.


This year, the 2018 collection was held at the Miho Museum designed by world renowned architect I.M. Pei just southeast of Kyoto Japan. This futuristic museum set in the heart of the Japanese forest made an insanely beautiful stage for the 2018 cruise collection.

Resort 2018 seemed to be all about taking risks, which Ghesquière is never afraid to do. Animal print fur coats, striped Chelsea boots, sequin mini-dresses and painted Kabuki-eyed handbags created by designer Kansai Yamamoto (who is famous for working with David Bowie) were just some of the highlights of the collection. In addition, there were intricately woven jackets that resembled the leather armor Japanese samurai wore. Below are some of our favorite looks from the collection.

According to the New York Times, Ghesquière made these three shows to become a “trilogy”.


 “Vuitton is a travelers’ label, founded on trunks, so a bit of architectural tourism makes sense. But it does not hurt to surprise a jaded fashion crowd with wild experiences, either. “I think it’s more exciting to do a cruise collection in that context, where you bring people to see your clothes and your fashion, of course, but also to be able to share another feeling, of architecture and nature.” -Nicholas Ghesquière

Overall, this show is a jewel in a series of collections that highlight the mastery of design Ghesquière has obtained. His attention to detail, and the melding of the various arts and nature make him one of the innovators of the fashion industry.

To view the entire 2018 cruise collection click the video below via YouTube. To learn more about the collection visit

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