All eyes were on Sydney's iconic First Fleet Park last night, where a sea of blue took over to celebrate the launch of Louis Vuitton's highly-anticipated global travelling exhibition, SEE LV. A grandiose instalment that must be seen to believe, the House has brought its 160-year legacy of innovation, craftsmanship and imaginative design to Australian shores.
For a luxury House with roots deeply entrenched in the art of travel, it only seems fitting that the SEE LV exhibition has been gradually making its way across the world. Now in its fifth stop here in Sydney – after celebrations in Wuhan, Hangzhou, Dubai, and most recently, Tokyo – last night's event was an explosive continuation of Louis Vuitton's enigmatic spirit. Standing alongside some of the city's most recognisable attractions, including the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and of course, the Museum of Contemporary Art, SEE LV stands as its own landmark.
The exhibition, which has been painted in the iconic blue reminiscent of Bondi Beach – (each city SEE LV has visited has been personified by its own colour) – has been built entirely from the ground up; a sentimental note to its founder's humble beginnings as a trunk maker. Once inside, guests are invited to explore the five universes of Louis Vuitton, each space bringing together an extraordinary curation of contemporary looks and early twentieth-century trunks, artistic collaborations and iconic leather creations.
The night was not over there though, with guests being escorted to an incredible pavilion on the MCA lawn overlooking Sydney Harbour for a taste of what was to come. Pomegranate martinis were flowing as bodies swayed side-to-side to the rhythm that Soju Gang was putting down – the sweet smell of rain against the pavement outside serving as the ultimate refreshment. It wasn't long before the clock struck nine and the crowd erupted when RÜFÜS DU SOL took to the stage for their first Australian performance in over three years. Guests including Troye Sivan, Georgia Fowler, Ruel, Lily Sullivan, Victoria Lee, Jessica De Gouw, Gabriella Brooks, Gretta Ray, Bambi Northwood-Blyth, Montana Cox and more were spotted on the dance floor.
You Were Right brought out the 18-year-old in all of us, while Innerbloom filled the air with a sense of euphoria you desperately want to bottle up and hide under your pillow. A bespoke drone show featuring 500 individual drones took over Sydney's night sky as guests looked on in awe – the sky lighting up with the tale of Louis Vuitton's unrivalled legacy. If this is 2022's answer to skywriting, then you can certainly sign us up!
The final destination of the night was Louis Vuitton's exclusive nightclub inside the MCA. Mouth-watering cheeseburgers and cones of truffle fries replaced the flutes of champagne – only momentarily of course – as guests took to the dance floor as shelter from the drizzle outside. There was only one thing to do – continuing dancing, of course. And so we did, capturing some of the night's best moments along the way.
Here, we bring you some of our favourite memories with friends from the night.
To secure your free tickets to SEE LV Sydney, head to the Louis Vuitton website.