Louis Vuitton Brings Its Debut Cruise Collection to Monaco
The Runway Looks
The Cruise 2015 collection has a total of 45 looks.
The Formal Wear: Tailored Pantsuits
In this section, we see head-to-toe (boldly) patterned suits, as well as combinations of plain pastel-colored high-waisted pants with slightly flared bottoms paired with flashy tops.
These looks certainly tell of the range, versatility and flexibility of Louis Vuitton's women's wear. These pieces are for the female CEO, the businesswoman, the corporate leader and the working mother.
1. Full floral patterned suit with matching shoes, dark blue belt tied high up the waist and black leather cut-outs as pocket design. Look completed with a sandy bag.
2. A head-to-toe paisley-patterned pantsuit with a matte black leather collar piece, cinched in waist with a thin black belt. Look finished with a matching white bag.
3. A simplistic black-and-white pantsuit that gives a slimming effect with its circular optical illusion. Look completed with a splash of dark blue on the waist and a white bag in hand.
4. This all-black pantsuit with a matte leather collar piece has exposed red seams running vertically and horizontally on the light-absorbing fabric. The waist is cinched with a light-colored belt running through the enlarged belt loops.
5. This light pink pantsuit secured with a thin darker-colored belt shows off the perfect symmetry and precise cutting of the outfit.
6. A simple two-piece with a finely printed top (that could pull off as a one-piece in itself), coupled with white slightly flared pants.
7. This two-piece combination has a black top with blue crisscross embroidery which resembles kelps, matched the pastel pink pants borrowed from Look 5.
8. This dark pink long-sleeved, round-neck top is embellished with evenly spaced barnacle-like motifs, cinched at the waist with a spiky silver belt, and paired with a pair of lighter-pink pants.
9. A V-neck top with big yet subtle flora prints, a horizontal black leather design across the collarbone, and big black cut-outs as belt-loops on the front, paired with yellow pants.
10. A revealing red lacy low-cut top cinched by a thin black belt, layered over by a pearly lapel-less sequin blazer, and paired with yellow pants with neat vertical seams.
11. A white sheer lacy top with blue and yellow embroideries on the collars and the sides, coupled with a pair of yellow pants and a light-yellow bag.
12. A navy blue top with black sleeves, embellished with barnacle-like motifs, paired with yellow high-waisted pants with exposed LV emblazoned zips, styled with a spiky silver belt.
The Two-Piece Look Finished with Knee-Length Skirt.
Lacy tops dominate to give an extra hint of sex appeal.
13. A revealing white lacy top that resembles a low-cut tank top, cinched mid-waist with a thin black belt, matched with a brown knee-length skirt with bright blue crisscross embroidery and a scalloped hem.
14. An eye-catching two-piece consisting of a finely-patterned black-and-white long-sleeved top embellished with red barnacle-like motifs, paired with a knee-length skirt with a unique matte black leather cut-out that forms a T shape in the front.
15. A black lacy long-sleeved top that is completely see-through, matched with a black knee-length skirt that is amply embellished with glittery details and intricate needlework, and includes a pure white T shape design in the front.
16. A two-piece look combining a sophisticated lacy, double-layered top with two red circular embellishments, and a black knee-length skirt with a crisscross design of blue-colored kelps/corals and a white scalloped hem.
Formal Wear: The One-Piece Dress
For this section, we see a play of lines and patterns and colors to add edge and modernity to the looks.
17. A pink-orange-brown-black shapely dress with a plunging neckline that is covered with a mossy-green lacy layer, matched with a brown leather bag and a pair of dark olive striped shoes.
18. This body-fitting one-piece dress with its three different horizontal designs on the front gives a body-flattering optical illusion, styled with a thin leather belt to break the horizontal patterns.
19. This semi-translucent black dress features an intricate lace design and embellished collars and sides that are similar to those of Look 11.
20. This extensively embroidered black dress features a symmetical design, matte black leather lapels, and big belt loops, styled with a black thin belt with a golden buckle.
21. A long-sleeves-under-sleeveless-dress look with a body-hugging dress featuring overlapping lines that create a mild optical illusion effect.
Style It With A Jacket
For the more adventurous, bright colored leather jackets are here to spice up your overall look.
22. This candy-bright leather jacket adds an extra sense of sportiness to the white top and knee-length skirt combination.
23. A light brown fur coat with an enlarged collar and black leather cuffs layered over a black lacy top and patterned knee-length skirt.
24. This oxblood knee-length leather coat is a definite game-changer, equipped with black leather collar and cuffs and garnished with small metallic buttons.
25. Cream fur coat with stripe design finished with black leather cuffs, on the one-piece dress from Look 18.
26. A tangerine patent leather jacket with a similar design as Look 24, matched with a yellow embroidered slip with a scalloped hem.
27. A bright lemon yellow leather jacket with a flappy collar, over a floral embroidered short dress.
The Rise of the Cruise Collections
"Cruise," also sometimes called "Resort" or "Pre," is a collection that is designed and presented during the period between the spring/summer and fall/winter poles of the fashion sphere. Cruise is the answer to wealthy clients' demands for fresh outfits when they escape to the topics, away from the winter cold, for holiday.
So what's the big deal about Cruise? Well, according to Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton's CEO, Cruise is the brand's "most important collection." In fact, he described it as "everybody's biggest collection."
Truth be told, pre-collections are in fact the best-sellers. Surprisingly (or not), the combined sales from the traditional spring/summer and fall/winter collections only make up around 30 percent or less of the designers' earnings. It is estimated that the cruise/resort collections can contribute as much as 35 percent of what goes into the designers' pockets. The remaining 35 percent comes from the "Pre-Fall," which is presented each year during the 3-months period between November and January.
Earlier this month, Christian Dior held a star-studded Cruise show in New York, with appearances by Rihanna, Olivia Palermo and Marion Cotillard, just to name a few.
Chanel on the other hand made a lavish excursion to Dubai last week, showcasing its Resort 2015 Collection by the sandy shore of a man-made island off the coast of the emirate. Guests enjoyed the fashion spectacle orchestrated by Karl Lagerfeld in the comforts of an elaborate Moorish palace built specially for the event (at a rumored cost of £1.4m).
One-Piece Dresses With A Twist
Here, we have short dresses that have thick black zippers, beautiful embellishments, and mash-ups of contrasting fabrics.
28. Matte black leather LBD with a flared bottom and an exposed black zipper that goes from the round neckline to the hem.
29. A creamy yellow one-piece dress with long-sleeves, flounced bottom, a black zipper from the round neckline to the hem.
30. A semi-translucent white dress with bright orange neckline and waist band, a thick black zipper that runs vertically on the front, and a cream-colored flounce. Look completed with patterned knee-high gladiator sandal-boots.
31. A colorful long-sleeved dress patterned with circular floral designs, orange-brown branches and blue leaves, equipped with a thick black zipper on the front and a black flounce.
32. A metallic sleeveless T-shirt dress with a low V-neck cut and a red sheer lacy inlaid over the neck and chest. The dress also sports a black glossy flounce.
33. A metallic long-sleeved T-shirt dress with a similar design to Look 32.
34. A long-sleeves-under-sleeveless-dress look similar to Look 21, but with a LBD this time that has a matte black leather top and a flaring bottom finished with a scalloped hem.
35. A semi-translucent long-sleeved LBD with a very low neckline, a thick waistband and flared lacy skirt. Look completed with patterned knee-high gladiator sandal-boots.
36. A long-sleeves-under-sleeveless-dress look similar to Look 34, but this time with an amply embroidered V-neck dress with pink-and-blue-colored coral patterns branching from bottom to top, and a teal scalloped hem.
37. A casual light-turquoise dress with blue kelp-like embroidery branching from bottom up, styled with a spiky silver belt.
The Two-Piece Look, With Matching Top And Bottom, Or Not.
Here are some clashing combinations that play with the bold color mismatches and showcase a cacophony of shapes and lines.
38. A lacy long-sleeved stop that sports a thick black zipper on the front, matched with a very simple black skirt minimally embellished with gold elements.
39. A top similar to that of Look 39, less the zipper, paired with a matching leather-brown above-the-knee shirt that is briefly garnished with golden buttons.
40. A shoulder-revealing top that sports a design similar to that of Look 3, with the addition of streaks of brown-colored embroidery, matched with a short skirt with orange-and-purple coral-design embroidery and a bright purple scalloped hem.
41. A dull yellow, shoulder-exposing loose top with black floral patterns, matched with a folded black leather skirt with coral designs similar to that of Look 40, finished with an orange scalloped hem.
42. The white top lined with black vertical stripes sports a black collar and a silver zipper, matched with a bright colored flared skirt with extensive orange and purple embroidery, cinched at the waist with a little black belt sporting a black ribbon.
43. A golden top with a low V-neck cut, paired with a red skirt embellished with subtle orange-colored coral designs and a purple scalloped hem, cinched in the waist with a thin black belt sporting a black ribbon.
44. A round-neck, long-sleeved top in metallic blue, paired with a mini black skirt that is plain besides the large paisley embroidery, cinched in the waist with a thin black belt sporting a black ribbon on the front.
45. A black one-sleeve top with a similar design as Look 40, paired with a short black leather skirt sporting purple-spotted orange coral embroidery design and a purple scalloped hem, finished with a thin black belt with a black ribbon on the front.
Shoes and Accessories of the Louis Vuitton Woman
What to wear on your feet and what to hold in your hand to complete the Louis Vuitton Cruise look.
Chunky heeled sandals with a single strap around the ankle.
Boldly patterned knee-high heeled gladiator sandal-boots.
Chunky heeled sandals with double straps above and below the ankle.
A simple, high-quality leather bag in cream color.
The new Petite Malle with a chain handle.
A simplistic cream-colored leather handbag.
A black, white and gold Petite Malle with a chain handle.
A new white-colored wide-mouthed bucket bag with a long shoulder strap.
A LV-printed baguette bag equipped with a long shoulder strap.
A new, wide-mouthed bucket bag in the traditional LV print, equipped with a lighter-brown shoulder strap.
A turquoise Petite Malle with a chain handle.
WATCH: Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection 2015 Montecarlo Full Show (HD)
The new Cruise 2015 collection by Ghesquière truly lives up to the "ready-to-wear" description, with a wide range of looks that can be easily incorporated into any woman's wardrobe. There are pieces that are young and fun, and there are those with a more formal, professional touch. The playful mashups of contrasting colors and seemingly clashing shapes, lines and fabrics push the realm of creativity to a new level, and have certainly set a high benchmark for Ghesquière's future collections.