Cover Louis Vuitton Cruise 2023 show in San Diego (Photo: Louis Vuitton)

From Chinese Olympian Eileen Gu making her modelling debut, to fashion darlings Doona Bae and Gemma Chan on the red carpet, here were the standout moments from the show

The Louis Vuitton Cruise 2023 show offered a unique take on resort fashion with a sandy colour palette, lots of layers and accessories to boot—quite literally, as it looks like knee-high boots are back for the holidays.

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Set in San Diego, celebrities flocked to the desert to see the collection at sunset, and from the Asian attendees to a new model on the runway, these were five major moments from the show:

1. These Asian celebrities were in attendance

Louis Vuitton ambassadors Doona Bae and Gemma Chan were photographed before the show, both sporting outfits that complemented the San Diego desert setting. Bae wore a sweatshirt dress, while Chan opted for a knitted dress, and both rocked slouchy knee-high boots much like the ones seen on the runway.

Japanese footballer Hidetoshi Nakata was also there, wearing a chic navy pinstripe suit, while Indian actress and new Louis Vuitton ambassador Deepika Padukone donned horizontal stripes with her rugby shirt dress.

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Thai actress Urassaya Sperbund looked stylish in an oversized blazer and vest, having teamed it with a skirt featuring a warm gradient print and yellow threads, and Japanese model Koki kept her look fresh with a crisp white dress.

2. Eileen Gu made her runway debut

Eileen Gu, the Chinese American Olympic gold medallist, added runway modelling to her repertoire. While she’s featured in campaigns for Louis Vuitton and worn pieces from the fashion house on red carpets (most recently in a minidress get-up at the Met Gala earlier this month), it’s the first time she’s walked the runway for them, and Gu made a striking impression among seasoned models.

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3. The location was stunning

Set at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, there were clear references to architect Louis Kahn’s brutalist style in the Cruise collection—clean taupe lines of concrete behind the runway were reflected in the boxier silhouettes, and the sandy colours of the building looked in harmony with the clothing. Strong pops of colour in blues and yellows broke up the neutral colour palette for a welcome contrast, and metallic textures and woven fabrics added depth to the looks.

4. Neutral nomad is the new look

According to the show notes, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière found inspiration for this collection from the sun, and designed looks that embodied the fluidity of landscapes we associate with the blistering heat—the rolling hills of sand dunes.

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Ghesquière’s vision resulted in a nomadic yet futuristic aesthetic that blended feminine notions of dressing with protective outerwear, and some of these layered looks were reminiscent of the desert outfits from the 2021 science fiction epic Dune. Think practical layers, flowing fabrics, breathable pieces and tough materials.

5. Accessories stole the show

Many looks on the runway were made stronger due to standout accessories—a layered tank top and baggy shorts ensemble was elevated with a hood and knee-high boots, while a scarf, silver skateboard and pair of sneakers helped to soften a bright and metallic look. Cropped tops and low waist trousers were broken up with thick, black belts, and almost every model carried a structured top-handle bag, whether it was a small clutch or round duffel. Bold accessorising is all the rage and takes an already complete look to the next level.

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