Louis Vuitton‘s cruise 2023 womenswear collection may perhaps take a modern, almost still approach. The runway show is set to be staged in San Diego, California — another destination fashion show now that travel is back up once again. Specifically, the Salk Institute will be the backdrop to artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière‘s collection for the luxury maison.
The Salk Institute is far removed from anything luxury and fashion. The Brutalist building is actually a research facility founded by Jonas Salk, the developer of the first safe and effective polio vaccine. Architect Louis I. Kahn was tasked to design the building as a way of reflecting the ever-changing needs of science.
And while there’s nothing fashion-forward about the Salk Institute, the Brutalist architecture is stunning in the way that simple materials such as concrete, teak, lead, glass, and steel were used to form such a visual juxtaposition to its surroundings, especially the vast expanse of the sky above it.
There’s little evidence to suggest that Ghesquière’s creations for Louis Vuitton’s cruise 2023 womenswear collection would veer towards something more architectural and modernist — as opposed to the more period-esque inspirations he’s fond of. But a teaser of a new Petite Valise that’s designed with mirrored surfaces and shaped like a modern trunk, seems to show that at least some elements of the collection could focus on more streamlined lines and shapes.
Then again, the only way to be completely sure is to tune in to the show.
Watch the Louis Vuitton cruise 2023 womenswear runway show here as it goes live from San Diego, California.
What: Louis Vuitton cruise 2023 womenswear runway show
Where: San Diego, California
When: Friday, 13 May 2022 at 9.45am Singapore time