For his first resort show for Louis Vuitton, held in Monaco on Saturday night, Nicolas Ghesquière got a little help from his friends.
Charlotte Gainsbourg, who will star in the French designer’s first fashion campaign for the brand, said she was glad to make the jump from Balenciaga muse to one of the faces of Louis Vuitton. “I was happy Nicolas asked me, that it worked out and to continue… this is of course a new adventure but he’s a friend so there is a bond there,” she said. “There was no separation for me.”
Jennifer Connelly is another fixture of Ghesquière’s inner circle. She was the first to wear one of his Vuitton designs on the red carpet, donning a varnished leather and tweed dress to the New York premiere of “Noah” in March. After co-starring with husband Paul Bettany in a number of films, Connelly worked under his direction in the upcoming “Shelter,” in which she plays a homeless woman. “I didn’t sleep on the streets but I spent a lot of time walking around, meeting people, talking to people,” she said.
Zipping over from the neighboring Cannes Film Festival by helicopter, Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi barely made it to the Vuitton show on time. As for Brit Marling, who has been in London working with Danny Boyle on the Channel Four series “Babylon,” she combined her trip to Monaco with a writing break.
“I think there’s a reason why so many artists are drawn here — something about the quality of the light,” Marling mused, sitting in a glass box built in front of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. “I’ve heard this is the first time they’ve done a show [here]. The first and last — so we’re about to be part of an epic moment.” —