Louis Vuitton is set to unveil its Cruise 2018 collection in Japan.
The luxury French brand will stage its show in the East Asian nation on 14 May (17), it has been confirmed.
Since taking the reins at Louis Vuitton, creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere has held a series of unforgettable resort shows in enviable locales, including Monaco, Palm Springs and Rio de Janeiro.
According to Vogue.co.uk, Ghesquiere visited Tokyo in late November (16), possibly to scout locations, and he reportedly travelled to Japan prior to joining Louis Vuitton in 2013 following his tenure at Balenciaga. While the city and specific location of the Cruise show will be announced closer to the date, Ghesquiere will be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a presentation spot, considering the wealth of historic temples and contrasting modernist architecture in the country’s many cities.
Louis Vuitton has maintained strong ties with Japan over the years, with a store first established in Tokyo in 1978, and a committed client base. The brand has also partnered with many local artists on various projects, including Takashi Murakami, Rei Kawakubo and Hiroshi Fujiwara. There was also the memorable collection of polka dot printed handbags by Yayoi Kusama, which was first unveiled in 2012.
And it seems that it’s not only Louis Vuitton who will be celebrating Japan and its culture this year (17), as the upcoming Met Gala is set to honour Rei Kawakubo, the Tokyo-born fashion designer who founded Comme des Garcons and Dover Street Market. Opening on 4 May the Costume Institute exhibition Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons will be the first show at the museum to focus on a living designer since its Yves Saint Laurent presentation in 1983.
Meanwhile, Dior is set to show its cruise collection on 11 May in Los Angeles, while Chanel plans to unveil is new cruise range on 3 May in Paris.