[NEW YORK, NY.] It’s hard to ignore that Nicolas Ghesquière might, in fact, be a fashion superhero! If not, then we definitely know that he personally dresses and receives a tremendous amount of superhero support from his celebrity friends. With the recent transformation of the TWA Flight Center located within the JFK airport campus, Ghesquière took the opportunity to pull creative sway from the historic monument and presented his LV Cruise collection there, a week prior to the grand opening of the TWA hotel.
Let’s reflect back to 2001 when the Eero Saarinen–designed building was closed after the result of the TWA airline bankruptcy. The reason the building has survived any demolition for the past 18 years is that back in 1994 the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission declared the terminal a city landmark. Since 2001, it’s been abandoned and opened for the general public once a year to admire the architectural structures. Today, the TWA hotel is partially owned by JetBlue and will become an indispensable option when travelling via JFK airport.
As for the collection itself, Ghesquière showcased multiple ensembles that resembled garments travellers wore during the Golden Age of Jet-setting. Perhaps, you’ve never heard of that specific era, but before flying became so common, travellers would get dressed up in their ‘Sunday’s Best’ to commute by air. It was an extreme luxury experience and now Ghesquière has set the bar for travellers to bring back the idea of dressing up for the airport. Majority of the looks kept to the TWA narrative uniform identity: Futuristic, structural, colour blocking, strong shoulders, and of course, gloves because a lady of class always wears gloves.
The accessories didn’t dominate the runway this time around, which to me, is a bit unusual because social media typically goes wild for the handbags presented during any LV show. It was toned down a bit this season, yet, a “canvas of the future” bag made its first departure on the LV cruise runway. The futuristic bag has a canvas made up of LED lights that can fold and display an image as you’re carrying it through the streets. Can it pass TSA security though, that is the question.
The collection was a brilliant deference to Eero Saarinen’s vernacular architecture and neo-futuristic style. And Nicolas Ghesquière presented clothing fit enough for any woman-hero willing to fight the villains whilst wearing a look that can kill on its own.
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“The dialogue between Paris and New York is a long-running conversation that Louis Vuitton began with the first trans-Atlantic crossings and continues today with the Cruise 2020 Collection, presented at the old TWA Terminal at JFK Airport.
On the one hand, there is America’s historic fascination with French fashion, with the Couture spirit. On the other, there is the foreigner’s fantasy of the incredible city that is New York. Nicolas Ghesquière expresses this stylistic to and fro through outlines of legendary buildings transposed as sophisticated prints, clever embroideries, and dazzling brocades. Acid colors recall the brilliant lights across Manhattan, from Downtown to Uptown. Pinstripes poetically transgress from the Wall Street uniform while shaded silhouettes stir a Gotham City ambiance. This sartorial exchange revels in a mash-up of references, emotions, and stories set against the unique backdrop of the world’s most imaginative airport terminal in the world’s most cinematic city.” – LV Website.
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#StyleHeirs. The Louis Vuitton’s Event Team sure know how to make me look stylish af. 👅👅. • Yesterday, I attended my first #LVCruise resort collection. Makes me reflect back to middle school, when I would be in computer lab not paying attention in class at all because I was studying Louis Vuitton runway shows, wishing to be there. And, look here I am. Dreams do come true. ♥️🥰.
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