High fashion and architecture collided Wednesday May 6th, when French fashion house Louis Vuitton left Paris for Palm Springs, taking over the spectacularly futuristic Bob and Dolores Hope Estate. The landmark California home, designed by architect John Lautner for the Hollywood icons, was the perfect setting to debut the cutting-edge Cruise 16.
The architecture of the house itself paired well with the collection, which conjured up images of a folkloric fantasy.
Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton's director of women's collections, tells fashion trade publication WWD that the 1973 Lautner work is a "symbolic landmark" that has inspired him ever since he first saw it.
After allowing the audience a teasing glimpse of themselves through the large windows of the Bob Hope home, models weaved their way down the twisting staircases to strut the catwalk poolside, weaving in between the rows of audience members who sat in a winding pattern on benches placed on the lawn.
One of the largest private estates in Palm Springs, the 23,366-square-foot Hope residence features an undulating concrete roof, indoor pool, and sweeping views of the entire Coachella valley.