Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2023 Show Was All About Monograms and Metallic

Is that a Louis Vuitton Book...bag?

On a bright, sunny day in California, Louis Vuitton presented its Cruise 2023 show. It was a perfect day yesterday for a runway show at the Salk Institute, which is located in Southern California. With this presentation, Nicolas Ghesquiere continued his ongoing tradition of staging Louis Vuitton’s cruise runway shows at some of the world’s most renowned architectural spaces.

The structure was designed in 1965 by Louis Kahn, and it served as the perfect backdrop for this collection, which was inspired in part by the architectural lines and striking spaces of the Salk Institute. Ghesquière told Vogue that the “guest of honor for the show is the sun,” and the collection’s focus on metallics and glassy elements felt that sentiment, reflecting the light that shone from the setting sun that evening (the show took place at 6:45pm, Paris time). It was nothing short of breathtaking, and it felt like viewing pure art and innovation. While we’re here to talk about the bags, I highly recommend viewing the collection as a whole as well.

Wearable New Bags Fresh from the Louis Vuitton Runway

Now, on to the bags, and there were many that wowed, including new takes on fan favorites like Ghesquiere’s debut bag from Spring 2014, the Petite Malle. For those craving newness, there was plenty of that to be seen as well, like the brand new Trunk Valise Bag (look 15), which is an ode to the House’s historic beginnings as a maker of fine luxury trunks. The traditional shape is shrunken down to fit as a modern handbag. Speaking of trunks, another new silhouette (look 1) is a wearable, relaxed take on the Maison’s historic trunks, reimagined as a soft leather design. Not yet referred to by name, it appears to come in various sizes and fabrications, from metallic leather to the House’s staple Monogram Canvas.

Then, there’s a new flap bag (look 2), which is both more dressed down and wearable at the same time, appearing in both color-blocking and solid metallics with a padded body that is inspired by the European tradition of motorsports. The hardware on this bag looks to be taken from the Petite Malle. Other returning favorites include the Dauphine, Cannes, and Coussin bags, which were toted alongside kitschy bags like a quite literal skateboard on straps and a book…bag?

The collection contained something for everyone, both those looking for wearable bags that can be worn from the runway and beyond to those looking for the outlandish runway designs that make a statement. View bags from the runway below, courtesy of Louis Vuitton.

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Louis Vuitton Cruise 2023 Bags 38

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Gia
Gia
2 years ago

I think they have run out of ideas. This looks like a last minute scratch on the paper to design anything. They laugh at the conference table and say, yeah it sucks but people will buy it anyways.

Dee
Dee
2 years ago

Bring back old school Louis Vuitton…. classic pieces 🙂

Gwendolyn
Gwendolyn
1 year ago
Reply to  Dee

I totally agree with bringing back the old school LV classic pieces. That’s what makes LV, LV!

Sasa
Sasa
2 years ago

Sorry but classic lv bag designs are still the best for me..

Gwendolyn
Gwendolyn
1 year ago
Reply to  Sasa

Totally agree!

Dee
Dee
2 years ago
Reply to  Sasa

Yesss!

Sandy
Sandy
2 years ago

Hmmm, I usually find something I like when looking at new LV but not this time. What is with the paint spots on some of the bags?

Gayle
Gayle
2 years ago
Reply to  Sandy

Haha very well said. The flap bag in look 17 and 18 reminds me of the prada diagram and the ysl envelope flap (except LV has one strap). The book bag sleeve is supposed to be used for transporting rare books i guess.

Summerstorm
Summerstorm
2 years ago

…my money is save

Lisa
Lisa
2 years ago

I’ll be saving some serious cash at LV this next season. This is just plain UGLY!

LV-LR
LV-LR
2 years ago

Those soft trunks are not going to wear well at all. I can see the crazy creases already.

Ant
Ant
2 years ago

Sorry LV but, you have lost men with this junk! Time to get some new designers!!!!

Mrs BSK
Mrs BSK
2 years ago

The vernis bags with the karate chop crease look not only uncomfortable to reach into, but like the leather will create and crack over time. Not sure what we’re going for here. Not
Even a pretty shape.

Kao
Kao
2 years ago
Reply to  Mrs BSK

That’s my main concern. I am sure both monogram canvas and leather will crack just same as other LV products. Interesting ideas but sadly not practical design for me. Think Look 34, 35 and 36 models are more practical and will last longer.
Anyway huge disappointment from this collection. My money will go for GUCCI Cruise collection 👍

Paula
Paula
2 years ago

I’m out on these designs…nothing here for me!

Aahley
Aahley
2 years ago

These look really heavy with all the hardware.

JennaGirl
JennaGirl
2 years ago

I love everything about this show. It was fantastic!

Anthony Irizarry
Anthony Irizarry
2 years ago

The bags look awesome! It’s nice see a refresh on some classic styles and some new pieces for the brand.

Classic is always…classic but classic means everyone is carrying the same thing. Love reading all of the comments that bash the collections, regardless of the designer. Amusing.

roe
roe
2 years ago

1, 15, 26, 27, 34 and 35 are my faves

rideye
rideye
2 years ago

hain draped over it that is attached to the clasp. I wish that it was leather. As much as I love an over-the-top bag, the chain makes it too busy even for me.
Those soft trunks (?) are odd.

Linda H
Linda H
2 years ago

A few of them actually made me laugh out loud. Thankfully I am home and alone!
Hold onto your vintage styles, I suspect they are the last of the “good ones”. Argh!

GSK
GSK
2 years ago

WORST EVER! THIS IS ONE UGLY “COLLECTION.” They’ll have to give them away to all the “usual celebrity suspects”

Farhad
Farhad
2 years ago

I am disappointed, to say at least. Too much hardware, bulky bags, and looking cheap, heavy and uncomfortable.

Dee
Dee
2 years ago

Give San Diego or La Jolla some credit, not just “Southern California.”

thefashionableteacher
thefashionableteacher
2 years ago

I’m not an LV customer. I do, however, like the grey and yellow bag. What gives me pause is the gold chain draped over it that is attached to the clasp. I wish that it was leather. As much as I love an over-the-top bag, the chain makes it too busy even for me.
Those soft trunks (?) are odd.

rideye
rideye
2 years ago

usually find something I like when looking at new LV but not this time. What is with the paint spots on some of the bags?

Deliah Boerleider
Deliah Boerleider
2 years ago

These are really nice I don’t even know which to chose

KatherineS16
KatherineS16
2 years ago

Love it!! especially the ones that look like books and the ones with huge studs

Nan
Nan
2 years ago

The bags with the circular metal embellishments (ex. 33) remind me of the Gucci Babouska large Boston handbags.

Maureen
Maureen
2 years ago

Bag 1 (look 1) got my vote!

Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

Shelby
Shelby
2 years ago

I actually really like some of these bags, it’s the first time I have ever liked an LV.

Lia
Lia
2 years ago

Oh, 33 and 34..yeah💖.

Kin
Kin
2 years ago

Love this design!!