What is a Cruise collection? It is not Autumn/Winter, It is not Spring/Summer. So what's that?
In the old times, the cruise collection was the collection we propose to the highest classes who went in sunny places for vacation at the end of autumn... (this is why you find these collection in shops during fall).
And this "elite" dimension is still there, several years after. These shows always take place in very special location, luxurious and unique, that gathers the top of the crop (Rihanna, Marion Cotillard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Christian Louboutin and Proenza Schouler's Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Dior as instance, or Charlotte Gainsbourg at LV) for a first taste of summer and holiday.
Chanel in Dubaï (and before in St Tropez, as instance)
Dior on a ship from Manhattan to Brooklyn in NYC
Louis Vuitton in Monaco.
Now you catch my idea!
Why I look more into these three Cruise collection this year? Because they caught my attention. I fount it very beautiful.
DiorRaf Simons did it great, once again. 66 looks! And 66 amazing looks, graphics, soft and silky silhouettes, the perfect balance between a Black & White minimalism mixed to bright colors, flowers and arty prints.
First Pictures : Garance Doré
I just can't put a summary of 66 looks ( and I love most of them) so just enjoy this short video to catch the collection design!
Chanel"The Chanel Arabian One Thousand and One Nights"
Between modernity and legends. The Chanel tweed meets the Middle East silks. The first silhouettes are very classic and loyal to Chanel spirit. I preferred the second half of the show, and especially I liked the silhouettes with a bit of ethnic influences and less Chanel staples.
Guesquière got more ambitious and embellished for this collection. You can clearly see the link and closeness with the fall collection, but with more details, more fun, more colors. He gives a twist to its fall collection for the cruise. Seems logical. We can read on Style.Com " I am inspired". So Nicolas enjoys working for LV, and has fun to recreate it. I am so happy how LV is actually changing; if it was a brand I did not really care about before, it is one of those I really follow right now. Can't wait to see how Guesquière grows up in LV.
And thumbs up to a Louis Vuitton designer... In Nike Air Max! (yeah I love this type of irreverent details)
My ranking would be
2) Louis Vuitton (but very close to Dior. Raf and Nicolas, I love you)
And you? Which one do you prefer?