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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Gia
Gia
4 months 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
4 months ago

Bring back old school Louis Vuitton…. classic pieces 🙂

Sasa
Sasa
4 months ago

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

Dee
Dee
4 months ago
Reply to  Sasa

Yesss!

Sandy
Sandy
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago

…my money is save

Lisa
Lisa
4 months ago

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

LV-LR
LV-LR
4 months ago

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

Mrs BSK
Mrs BSK
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago

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

Ant
Ant
4 months ago

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

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