There’s an undeniable “cool factor” Nicolas Ghesquière brings to his Louis Vuitton shows, from models walking down the picturesque metal bridge runway at the MiHo Museum in Japan for LV Resort 2018 to LV’s Cruise 2019 at the French Riviera. Next up on Nicolas Ghesquière’s Louis Vuitton globetrotting tour? New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport.
On May 8, Louis Vuitton stage its Cruise 2020 collection show in the airport’s newly revived TWA Flight Center, making the luxury house the first to hold an event at the midcentury architectural landmark since it closed in 2001. Ghesquière first announced the location of Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2020 show in a short clip posted to his Instagram last November, in which he put together a montage of all the landmarks Louis Vuitton’s cruise shows have been held at, ending with the New York City skyline.
“The TWA Flight Center, a sheer evocation of travel itself, is inherently linked to Louis Vuitton’s commitment to exclusive architectural discoveries, to its art of travel, and represents an ideal close to Nicolas Ghesquière’s inspirations,” the brand told WWD.
The TWA Flight Center, a 200,000-square-foot futuristic structure, features a wing-shaped roof and tall glass windows designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen and opened its doors in 1962. After shutting down in 2001, the building will reopen to the public on May 15, 2019, just a week after Louis Vuitton debuts its collection. According to WWD, JFK’s TWA Flight Center will feature restaurants, fitness centers, retail shops, bars, and the Paris Café by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.