Ahead of Louis Vuitton's S/S16 show, the house's esteemed designer divulges his current infatuations for AnOther
Nicolas Ghesquière and Juergen Teller have a special creative relationship, an understanding that is perfectly in sync. In the latest edition of AnOther Magazine, the duo spoke to Jefferson Hack – in different places and at different times – about their pioneering work for Louis Vuitton. During his conversation with Hack, the fashion house's creative director spilled the beans on his current obsessions, ranging from quixotic musician Grimes to the pioneering Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. Here, as the Louis Vuitton S/S16 show unfolds, we share Ghesquière's current obessions, alongside Teller's stunning fashion story for the issue.
The Canadian artist and singer-songwriter Grimes (otherwise known as Claire Elise Boucher) has stolen Ghesquière's heart with her individual sound and style. "She represents this new generation so well, with her eclecticism," he explains. "She’s pop, but beautifully strange. She’s brave and fearless. I really love her."
2. Sou Fujimoto
Known for his unique synthesis of nature and architecture, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto designs beautiful living spaces comprised of delicate light structures and permeable enclosures (think his temporary Serpentine Gallery pavilion in 2013). But while his designs are visually delighting, Fujimoto places a great emphasis on function and innovation, much like Ghesquière himself.
3. Andrée Putman and Philippe Starck
French designers Andrée Putman and Philippe Starck are known for pushing the boundaries of modern furniture design with their simple but delightfully inventive structures. Particularly influential during the 1980s, it is their work from a decade later that really captures Ghesquière's imagination: “Anything from the 90s. An American psycho kind of atmosphere, I’m definitely into that mood.”
4. The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-time
The theatrical adaptation of Mark Haddon's best-selling novel The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-time has been just as popular as the book itself. With ongoing runs in both the West End and on Broadway, Simon Stephens' adaptation, masterfully directed by Marianne Elliott, continues to win over audiences with its unique and sensitive portrayal of autism. “I saw it in New York. The staging is amazing," Ghesquière enthuses. "The [lead] actor Alex Sharp was just beyond any performances. The guy is a genius."