Louis Vuitton celebrates 10 years of Nicolas Ghesquière with spectacular show

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This season was a big one for Louis Vuitton as Nicolas Ghesquière celebrated 10 years as creative director of the house. For the special collection, he looked back over his time at the brand, showing some of his most memorable silhouettes and key pieces from his collections over the years.

"[This was] a special collection that, while situated in the seasonality of AW24, also bears witness to a decade of fashion," the brand said. "In this creative journey, it's all about charting the right course, following one's own North Star, the curious traveller’s essential compass."

The show was a huge spectacle, which saw 4,000 guests in attendance (half of which were Louis Vuitton employees invited to enjoy the celebration) and took place exactly 10 years to the day when Ghesquière hosted his first show for the brand.

Theme and inspiration

There was no doubt that Ghesquière was reflecting on his time with the brand as guests arrived to a note on their chairs which harked back to his very first show. Then, 10 years ago, the note had spoken of his "immense joy" at his new role, and this season he wrote: "This joy is still here. 10 years later, this evening is a new dawn."

He was clearly inspired by his own work and by some of his most well-received pieces – there was sci-fi silver sportswear, sharp jersey tailoring, heavily embellished jackets and trunk-inspired prints – but it still felt fresh and new and, according to his show notes, he was still looking to the future.

"What is familiar is renewed," he said. "Every tomorrow is a new day..."

Hero pieces

Some of the most dramatic designs (which will no doubt be snapped up by many of that A-list front row) included metallic skirts with bubble frills below the knee, feathered dresses and skirts and lots of colourful leather.

The setting

The show took place, once again, in the Cour Carrée at the Louvre, which has become a key venue for Louis Vuitton and was where Ghesquière's first show took place on 5 March 2014. The set – which featured 13 globe-inspired chandeliers – was designed by the artist Philippe Parreno in collaboration with film production designer James Chinlund, with a soundscape by sound designer Nicolas Becker.

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Who was there?

All the biggest names and Louis Vuitton supporters stepped out for the occasion. This included; Cate Blanchett, Sophie Turner, Emma Stone, Jennifer Connelly, Léa Seydoux, Saoirse Ronan, Ana de Armas, Sarah Paulson and Catherine Deneuve.

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