"I.M. Pei's idea of architecture in harmony with nature caught my attention when I visited the Miho Museum a few years ago," says Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton's creative director, about the LVMH label's presentation of its 2018 cruise collection at the museum, located outside Kyoto.

In fact, the 46-year-old French architect has long been a fan—and apparent devotee—of high-minded, appealing architecture. He has exhibited the resort collections of the main brand at venues including Oscar Niemeyer's Niterói Modern Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro and the Palais de Chaillot department store on Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

"At Miho, we find a perfect balance between nature and architecture," said Ghesquière of the museum, which was designed by I.M. Pei and opened in 1997. "Thanks to a one-of-a-kind granite-paved roof, the two materials are wonderfully compatible."

Louis Vuitton’s presentation at Miho happened on a noticeably gray day, though from the looks of some colorful bags sat underneath rows of yellow parasols, the models seemed to be having a good time.

The brand chose Japan as an exclusive destination for its cruise 2018 show because of its unique tradition and culture, and the historic and geographic proximity to Korea where Vuitton made it debut this past January.

Nicolas Ghesquière is a long-time admirer of high-minded, compelling architecture; he has spoken highly of many designs. He's shown the flagship brand's resort collections at architectural wonders such as Oscar Niemeyer's Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro and the Palais de Chaillot department store on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.Louis Vuitton’s presentation at Miho happened on a noticeably gray day, though from the looks of some colorful bags sat underneath rows of yellow parasols, the models seemed to be having a good time.