Louis Vuitton Cruise shows have a well-established trope: they are always held in jaw-dropping examples of modernist architecture in various destinations across the world. Niemeyer’s Niteroi Museum in Brazil? Tick. Lautner’s Bob Hope home in California? Tick.
When Louis Vuitton announced that its sixth Cruise show would be held in New York at the recently restored TWA Flight Centre, there was anticipation that the house would deliver an easy, '60s-tinged affair. After all, why hold the show in architect Eero Saarinen’s gently arcing winged masterpiece of modernity, if you weren’t going to riff on the optimistic naiveté of the Jet Age?
But, on Wednesday night, there wasn’t a funky orange jumpsuit in sight. Instead, the mood was far more serious, with looks and choreography that were in stark contrast with the groovy, curved walkways.