PARIS IN THE DESERT: LOUIS VUITTON CRUISE 2016 IN PALM SPRINGS

Louis Vuitton showcases its Cruise 2016 Collection in Palm Springs

When Nicolas Ghesquière, artistic director of legendary French fashion house Louis Vuitton, first laid eyes on the iconic Bob and Delores Hope Estate in Palm Springs, it was from afar during a visit to the desert over 15 years ago, but the image of the spaceship-like structure perched high in the hillside stuck with him. Many years later, he knew that the estate would be the perfect spot for showcasing the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016 Collection, with Ghesquière citing the architecture as a direct influence on the collection’s designs.

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The 23,000-square-foot estate was designed for the Hopes by famed modernist architect John Lautner, with 10 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms on over six acres of land. The home, completed in 1980, is the largest private residence ever designed by Lautner, and is currently listed for sale. The Hopes entertained frequently, throwing lavish parties on the large covered terrace, which would also serve as the runway for the May 2015 Louis Vuitton fashion show.

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