Volez, Voguez, Voyagez! Louis Vuitton Celebrates Olivier Saillard-Curated Exhibit

by Paige Reddinger

Louis Vuitton celebrated the opening of their new exhibition “Volez, Vogez, Voyagez” at the former American Stock Exchange building on 86 Trinity Place in New York City last night with an A-list crowd. LVMH chairman and chief executive officer, Bernard Arnault, and Louis Vuitton chairman and chief executive officer, Michael Burke along with Nicolas Ghesquière and his Louis Vuitton muses including Michelle Williams, Jennifer Connelly, and Alicia Vikander welcomed an ultra-chic guest list to come explore the world of Louis Vuitton from 1854 through the present. The exhibition was curated by Olivier Saillard, one of fashion’s premier historians who has curated several of the industry’s most high-profile exhibits from the “Comme des Garçons: White Drama retrospective to the “Balenciaga Fashion Collector exhibition. Arranged into 10 themes ranging from the brand’s classic historical trunks to the brand’s vast influence on luxury travel to its ready-to-wear and handbag highlights, the exhibition touches on all of the brands hallmarks in an extraordinary setting designed by set designer Robert Carsen featuring everything from an old-fashioned train caboose (a highlight of the exhibition) to a turn-of-the-century airplane with Louis Vuitton luggage decorating its wings.

Americans, French, and genuine francophiles alike turned out to take in the event. Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Kate Betts, Pom Klementieff, Lea Seydoux, Patrick Demarchelier, and Antoine Arnault as well as Ruth Negga, Riley Keough, Laura Harrier, Justin Theroux, and more browsed through the exhibit before heading to the after-party at Pier 17. Guests entered into a vast space overlooking the water and New York City skyline and were greeted by giant Louis Vuitton projection screens whose colors moved along with the movement of the bodies that passed by them. Despite an evening that was jam packed with fashion events, Louis Vuitton’s after-party was the place to be. Guests, celebrities and editors included, stayed well into the evening dancing and imbibing to the tunes of the world’s most prolific djs-turned-mutlidisciplinary creatives Mark Ronson and Virgil Abloh.

But if you missed the party, you can still check out the exhibit which will be on display through January 7th and a pop-up shop in celebration of “Volez, Vogez, Voyagez” will be open at Brookfield Place through March 30th. And for those with deep pockets, private appointments can be scheduled hosting guests for an exclusive “savoir faire” experience celebrating travel, personalization, and craftsmanship at the new Four Seasons Private Residences at 30 Park Place starting today through November 10th. The elite appointments will offer clients access to a unique curation of hard-sided trunks, exotic leather goods, and the Objets Nomades collection that includes never-before-seen Louis Vuitton creations.

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