Held just days apart from the other, fashion powerhouses Dior and Louis Vuitton had recently debuted their 2018 resort collections. Despite showing off the same collection, the houses were, in terms of their showcase, at almost the opposite ends of the fashion spectrum.
From clothing designs to runway venues, we look at how each house went out of their way to create the biggest social media splash and who in fact, did it better.
First on the list – location. Set on top of a breathtaking mountain at Miho Museum in Kyoto Japan, Louis Vuitton had taken its show to new heights. Literally.
Designed by I. M. Pei, the architect behind Paris’ Louvre pyramid, the museum is a mixture of contemporary and natural splendour – a venue that perfectly reflects the collection’s aesthetic ideals.
Brown, barren and beautiful. It was as if Dior’s resort collection was meant for the California Desert of Santa Monica Mountains Nature Reserve .
Spotting airy tents, hot-air balloons and gorgeous views of the Calabasas hills, the showcase began just after sunset. In keeping to its down-to-earthiness, Dior had done away with a runway. Instead, models were walking on the sand in flat boots and leather sandals.
The verdict: Dior. While both venues are equally stunning, we felt that Dior in the Desert had worked exceptionally well.
What is a fashion show without an audience? At Louis Vuitton‘s show, we spot starlets such as Sophie Turner, Fan Bing Bing and Laura Harrier.
Dior on the other hand, welcomed stars such as Rihanna, Miranda Kerr, Kelly Rowland and Nick Jonas.
The verdict: Definitely Dior. Because you know, Queen RiRi.
For Louis Vuitton, it is easy to see where Nicholas Ghesquière had sought his inspiration from. A plethora of Japanese references, including the dramatic cat-eye flicks and obi fabrics inspired suits, was seen throughout the show. An unsurprising move, given how Ghesquière is a huge fan of the Japanese culture. After all, we are talking about the man who had casted Final Fantasy XIII for the house’s SS16 campaign.
Louis Vuitton also featured street-style designs by Kansai Yamamoto, a Japanese designer who dressed celebrities such as David Bowie.
As for Dior, Maria Grazia Chuirui had drawn her inspirations from the wall paintings of France’s Lascaux cave.
Besides primitive prints, the show featured earthy shades, flat-brim hats silky dresses that floated in a dreamy fashion. Almost like Coachella in its most luxurious form.
The verdict: Louis Vuitton. With its elevation of street-style and meticulous integration of unique Japanese motifs, the house did more than just earn this point.
So who did it better? Well if we had to choose, we would go with *drum roll* Dior. Not only did its venue seamlessly complement the collection, we thought the flat-brim hats and dreamy dresses were more… resort-ish.
Don’t get us wrong, because at the end of the day, we love Louis Vuitton just as much as we love Dior. Meanwhile, look out for the next resort collection for when it comes to fashion, you never know when the houses will surprise you.