Louis Vuitton flexes royal muscles in Monaco

MONACO – Louis Vuitton flexed its royal muscles on Saturday, decamping from Paris to Monaco for a colorful, ’60s-infused “resort” collection that trumpeted the age-old case maker’s links with the ruling Grimaldi family.

The occasion was perhaps a welcome focus for Prince Albert.

It’s been a tough week after Nicole Kidman’s controversial film “Grace of Monaco” premiered at the nearby Cannes Film Festival four days ago. The Olivier Dahan film left the Grimaldi prince angry for what he publicly claimed misrepresented his mother, Grace Kelly, the icy blonde Hitchcock film star-turned-princess.

Travelling, as some did, nearly 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers) for a fashion show that lasts a mere 15 minutes – is a decadent luxury afforded by few. But those who did were probably pleased: the new Louis Vuitton designer Nicolas Ghesquiere’s second showing for the house was, mostly, a success.

The rare mid-season “resort” shows that are shown by only a handful of the world’s fashion power houses – were conceived to target wealthy women who travel on cruise ships in the winter. Here, Ghesquiere celebrated the aquatic in the show decor, with floor paneling that looked like a rocks in water. In the same vein, a barrier reef-type palette infused the collection with bright blues, canary yellows and coral reds alongside colorful watery, marbled patterns in silk skirts.