Shoes and Bags – Louis Vuitton Cruise 2023 “Samurai of the Rising Sun”. Story by Eleonora de Gray, Editor-in-Chief of RUNWAY MAGAZINE.
The story of Louis Vuitton is the story about Samurai and Sun. The Samurai: The Famous Warriors of the Rising Sun. The Samurai of the Sun shall be led by a single Emperor Louis Vuitton. Members of the alliance are his vassals, charged with loyal service and obedience to the Emperor in the service of the alliance.
Sun in Japanese symbology is a sign of material and spiritual prosperity, a sign of renewed life. That is why in early ages Samurai choose symbol of the sun as their own.
Creative direcotr of Louis Vuitton Nicolas Ghesquiere told the story about Samurai of Rising Sun, and find perfect place for it – The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, by architect Louis Kahn in San Diego, California.
Here, on this campus for researchers in biomedicine, the human complexion is the great discipline of the most eminent scholars of this world. Logic for the architect Louis Kahn to put the sun, guarantor of all life, at the heart of the Salk Institute, a brutalist building from 1965, designed as a serene concrete monastery for enlightened minds.
At a certain time of the day, when the sunset is blazing, the sun is perfectly framed by the building. It converges in the precise axis of the central fountain. The conjunction of the rays and the shimmering of the water transforms everything into gold, into a golden atmosphere. A single point of contact.
The sun is the guest of honor in the Cruise 2023 collection. It plays an active part in the evolution of this wardrobe where temperature variations set a stylistic tempo. The heat imposes nomadic aesthetics, between sand and cliffs, a supple look. The very particular light of the West Coast invents prisms on clothes full of reflections.
Linen, jaquard, silk, leather, tweed…give the illusion of a metallic palette. They are reverberations, brilliances interacting with the sun. And the silhouettes are vibrations, reflections, moments of brilliance… A conversation with a sunset.