Louis Vuitton enlists powerful women in entertainment to model in its Pre-Fall 2019 lookbook

Shot by Collier Schorr, the Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2019 collection features a star-studded cast of actresses including Thandie Newton, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Connelly, Ruth Negga, and more. The imagery sheds light on the ongoing relationship between fashion and Hollywood.

The cast includes 17 performers of one kind or another, most of whom are regulars in his front row. Oscar winners and nominees were photographed along with newcomers like Kelsey Asbille, Indya Moore, and Urassaya Sperbund.

Nicolas Ghesquière explained the impetus behind the all-star casting this way: “The more I work, the more it’s about their response for me. It’s inspiring to see the second life of the clothes. For an ‘in-between’ collection, for which we don’t do a runway show, I thought it would be great to have their point of view.”

Pre-Fall is Ghesquière’s opportunity to dig into items that performed well in the recent past and ideas that bear further exploration. The wedge-heeled boots, for example, are an elaboration of the best-selling Archlight sneaker he showed for Spring 2018 and very nearly as weightless. The collection featured clashing prints and offhand pairings, most often homey plaids and slick animal graphics.

“This vision of American culture, the pioneer—I love that this is exotic for us. It’s not reflected in French culture,” said the designer.