Nicolas Ghesquiere Goes Royal for Louis Vuitton's Resort 2015 Collection
The fashion show, which took place at the palace of Monaco, saw Jennifer Connelly, Adele Exachopoulous and Zhang Ziyi, as well as Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, in the front row.
The historic iconic LV logo (dating back to 1854) upped its status ante (if that's possible) by staging the luxury brand giant's resort 2015 show -- only the second show by new Louis Vuitton designer Nicolas Ghesquiere (formerly of Balenciaga ) -- on the ground's of the palace of Monaco Saturday night, making it the only fashion show to ever be staged there ("and probably the last," a source told us).
An entire glass modern building was constructed just to house it, with plexiglass floors that projected kinetic underwater seaweed and fauna video when the models walked the runway. Actresses Charlotte Gainsbourg (personal friend of Ghesquiere and his Balenciaga muse), Zhang Ziyi , Adele Exarchopoulos and Jennifer Connelly (a constant star in Ghesquiere's Balenciaga campaign ) -- who all donned looks from Ghesqueire's first fall 2014 LV show, with short flared skirts matched with tough ankle booties or slim pants paired with textured tops -- attended a pre-cocktail party inside the palace before making their way to their seats inside the show. The entire room, filled with 300 attendees of the French fashion flock, stood reverently when Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco entered the structure. Every guest (including stylist Elizabeth Stewart, in Cannes for clients Cate Blanchett and Jessica Chastain ) was in the front row -- the cool camel sofas that snaked the whole room were designed specifically for the event by Ghesquiere's fave French interior designer Pierre Paulin .
FROM LEFT: Adele Exarchopoulos, Jennifer Connelly and Brit Marling
And the clothes? LV cruise has a big hint of the '70s, with vibrant solid colorful or wild paisley print long fitted safari jackets over flared pants; but also a big dose of current trends: perforated fabrics, sheer lace, fitted tops with flared skirts, tight cropped leather jackets, and pieces layered over each other, but always playful while flattering in their fit. Most of the shoes didn't match any part of the clothes: tops, underpinnings, skirts or pants, but the color mismatching completely worked.
"I always love to see what Nicolas will do next," said Connelly, herself in a black and white short dress with leather strips from LV fall 2014. "He always surprises me. And he really knows how to mix color, fabrics, patterns in a unique way." The crowd cheered at the end -- and LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault and Ghesquiere himself wore big happy grins as well. After the show, dressed waiters served champagne to the couch-strewn crowd, which didn't want to extricate themselves from the Palace. After all, Grace of Monaco slept here.