Off the runway: Louis Vuitton Cruise 2019

Last week Nicolas Ghesquière took to Instagram to announce that he had renewed his Louis Vuitton contract with the hashtag #notgoinganywhere. This week he made guests, including Emma Stone and Jennifer Connelly, trek up to the southern French hilltop village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence for the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2019 show. It was held at the Fondation Maeght, a private art foundation whose gardens are filled with works by the likes of Alberto Giacometti and Marc Chagall.

The Resort show, Ghesquière’s fifth for the house, was his most free and expressive so far.

Ghesquière collaborated with his friend, the stylist and former Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington, on a collection of bags based on the sketches she does of her beloved cats and his dog. Over-the-knee boot/sneaker hybrids also featured, and being an elaboration of the best-selling trainers of Spring ’18, they made the prim and proper pumps of the recent Fall collection look very out of place.

The clothes were fresh and cool, featuring 1980s shoulders and the same triangulated torsos of his recent collections, with 18th-century sleeves and silhouettes. Also making an appearance were lingerie dresses and tap pants in lace-trimmed silks with working girl jackets and moto bombers; and iridescent tops bristling with feathers shown with bags featuring illustrations of Grace Coddington’s cats.

Although Nicolas Ghesquière is #notgoinganywhere, Louis Vuitton is certainly moving forward, ahead of the game.

The New Gucci Decor Collection That Your Home Needs

If your living room is looking a little tired, or if you just like the sound of a lacquered chair upholstered with an embroidered seat, you’re in luck. Whether you’re redecorating or just wanting to add a few luxurious pieces to your home, there is no shortage of beautiful creations in the Gucci decor collection. Guaranteed to be marvelled at by guests at your next dinner party, every piece is a winner.

First announcing their move into homeware last July, Gucci’s decor collection is finally available in New Zealand and Australia. Creative director Alessandro Michele described the edit as “an eclectic collection of items with which customers can dress their own spaces… The idea is not to prescribe a particular decorative look, but to provide elements that allow for living spaces to be customized.”

The home line is comprised of a range of pieces, from cushions and candles, to incense trays, chairs, wallpaper, and folding tables. The folding tables, “epitomize Michele’s imaginative notion that if you make pieces easily moveable, you can constantly dress and re-dress your environment,” Gucci said.

The collection is ever evolving, offering fragrant candles and luxurious incense trays from $190, or for those looking to treat themselves in a big way, their silk screens retail for almost $30,000.

Alessandro Michele was announced as Gucci’s new creative director in January 2015, ushering in a new renaissance for the infamous fashion house. Since then, he has poured his heart and soul into everything he has created, making each collection a very personal love letter.

For a piece of the love letter, you should purchase a piece of the Gucci decor collection. But you should also purchase just because Alessandro Michele is so ridiculously cool.

Images supplied by Gucci.