Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton

After the fantastic showcase of Chanel’s cruise collection ’15 here in Dubai, Louis Vuitton did an equally spectacular show in Monaco (or maybe better – hope Uncle K isn’t listening).

This was Nicolas Ghesquiere’s second collection for LV and first-ever cruise/resort/pre-collection for the label. These collections are considered to be the most ‘profitable’ yet lazy. Previous collections have had much more of a wow factor! That’s why some collectors use sites like lingsense.com to buy previous collection accessories. LV has always been a very popular brand so it’s no surprise that people want to buy their designs, whether they be vintage or new season. Vintage items are usually more popular with collectors and die-hard LV fans, whereas the newer collections are often snapped up by fashionistas as they want to be on-trend. Sometimes fans have questioned the lack of creativity in LV’s new collections, although they always seem to sell out afterwards, but not this time!

Nicolas changed it completely and brought real fashion meat to the table. He mixed technique with dazzling textiles (think inlaid silks, custom woven lace, crusted embroideries like barnacles or sea urchins), threw industrial zippers, and portholes opening onto skin, to create one of the finest cruise collections for the season.

Editorial at Indepent.co.uk summed it up as Nicolas ‘… elevated this “pre” season as a whole. Ghesquiere didn’t show “Cruise”. He showed fashion – fashion with the painstaking hallmarks of an aesthetic that has lead the industry for almost twenty years, and continues to do so. In short, Ghesquiere showed us how Cruise should – and no doubt will – be done”.

Enough said. Here are some of our favorite looks from the collection: