the lowdown on louis vuitton’s palm springs takeover

As the luxury French house gears up for tonight's Resort 16 show, here's everything you need to know about Nicholas Ghesquière's California dreamin'.

by Stuart Brumfitt
06 May 2015, 4:45pm

The eerily perfect, high-end holiday camp feel of Palm Springs is a perfect setting for Nicholas Ghesquière's brilliantly off-kilter aesthetics. Tonight's Louis Vuitton Resort 16 show will take place today in the spaceship-style Bob and Dolores Hope Estate, a local landmark designed by the great modernist architect John Lautner. Whilst many youngsters will know the desert valley as the site for the Coachella festival, its main town, Palm Springs, is renowned for its embrace of all-things modern between the 50s and 60s. Michael Burke, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Louis Vuitton, called Palm Springs "the perfect symbol of the American Dream and the energy of the American west coast." 


Ghesquière has hinted at the style of the show, sharing a video of Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie kissing in a shower scene in 1983 film The Hunger on Louis Vuitton's Instagram. "One of my film inspirations for 2016 cruise show," he said. Knowing that the town was once a playground for Hollywood's most famous actors - who went there to relax and misbehave away from the glare of paparazzi flashbulbs - it's highly likely that there will be movie references aplenty. Ghesquière is not the only one 'gramming from the Californian desert: models Jing Wen, Maddison Stubbington, Marte Mei van Haaster, Tamy Glauser and Lorelle Rayner are among those sharing palm tree and poolside pics that hint they'll be walking later on. 




Watch the show live below tonight at 6:15 PM PST (or 9:15 PM for all you jealous New Yorkers.)

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