LV Cruise 2016: Top 5 favourite accessories

LV Cruise 2016: Top 5 favourite accessories

California dreaming

Text: Norman Tan

As the Louis Vuitton cruise 2016 collection hits stores, we pick our favourite accessories from the cool (and highly covetable) Californian offering

Much has been said about Nicolas Ghesquière's cruise 2016 collection for Louis Vuitton — refreshing, transformative and, even, iconoclastic — and rightfully so; have you seen the long and languid dresses paired with everything but high-heels? This is, indeed, a new maison.

Inspired by the futuristic Bob and Dolores Hope estate in Palm Springs, Ghesquière presented a collection that effortlessly fused hard (studded criss-cross belts, laser-cut leather and large metallic zips) with soft (flowing separates, sinuous silks and delicate lace knits) as a nod to the contrast between the raw architecture and plush interiors. All suffused, of course, will a cool Californian vibe.

This dichotomous spirit (tempered with a relaxed desert insouciance) also found its way into the collection's leathergoods, shoes and accessories, with three distinct patterns introduced to the maison's arsenal: Swimming Pool (with patterns inspired by light and shade in water); Palm Tree (the Californian symbol reinterpreted in the context of day and night); and studded Malletage and Monogram (juxtaposing supple leather and canvas with metal hardware symbolising the rocky desert of Palm Springs). 

Need help navigating this rich collection as it starts to hit Singapore stores? Fret not. Here are our top five favourite accessories from Ghesquière's second cruise offering. Did someone say Christmas wish-list?

1. Monogram backpacks
Check out these super covetable and brand spanking new backpacks introduced as part of cruise 2016. Practical? check. Oversized gold hardware? Check. Affordable? Triple check. (Well, in Louis Vuitton parlance that is).

2. The refreshed Petite Malle
This trunk-inspired clutch, which quickly elevated to cult status for its iconic shape and design, is now available in the season's three new patterns: Palm Tree (a monochromatic night version as well as a green day iteration); Swimming Pool (inspired by dancing light cast in blue water); and studded Monogram (for extra punch). But our personal favourite? The translucent plexiglass.   

3. The Neo-Steamer Bag
Joining the Petite Malle as a member of the brand's New Classics range, is the elegant, and resolutely contemporary, Neo-Steamer Bag. An entirely new bag to the LV family, it takes its design code from the maison's famous steamer bag and is available in multiple colourways. Love the studded leather version. Quelle surprise!   

4. Leather bandage rings
Created to be worn as a threesome (one on the thumb, middle and pinky finger), these statement rights serve as elevated fashion 'bandages' crafted in both monogram and embossed leather. Metallic hardware also available for those rousing for a fight.  

5. Desert Boots
Not just any desert boot, but Louis Vuitton desert boots. Sure, there are weather appropriate leather sandals and espadrilles in the cruise 2016 collection, but who want's to be practical when you can be fierce in Eldorado boots? Raise your game.  

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