Nicolas Ghesquière is a man who knows how to put on a show without being particularly showy. Consistently choosing architecturally significant locations for his resort shows, the French designer lets his collections speak for themselves, with the help of brilliant spaces and expert decoration.
For resort 2020, it was no different. Hosting Louis Vuitton’s collection at the Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Centre at JFK in New York, editors and celebrities took a trip to the airport for the night. But, as is Ghesquière’s norm, the collection wasn’t based around the clichés of flight. Instead, as the designer admitted in his own words, it was a tribute to New York and the “forgotten” places — like the TWA Flight Centre — which make the American city so unique.
The clothes were perfectly poised, a little bit rock and with a hint of the future. Boleros dripping in crystals were styled with slouchy silk pants, which, complete with side stripes and pops of colour, felt like a grown up take on athleisure. ‘80s-style satin bomber jackets, quilted mini skirts and stomping combat boots gave the collection edge, while chainmail and buttery leathers lended themselves to future street style gold.
It was a collection which surmised Ghesquière’s best LV hits. ‘80s, but not too much so. Rock ‘n roll, but fitted and flattering. Sci fi, but without being obviously so. It was a bit like New York in that sense: it’s all there, fabulous and a little bit extra, but just like the New York woman, isn’t showing off about it.
Below, our favourite moments from the show.