No one wants to buy legendary entertainer Bob Hope's Palm Springs house, a hulking John Lautner-designed spectacle that is now asking half the price it was when it first listed in 2013 (still a hefty $25M though!) The spaceship-like estate will be stealing the spotlight on May 6, however, when it becomes the backdrop for French fashion house Louis Vuitton's upcoming cruise show, an event that will draw more than 400 guests. Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton's director of women's collections, tells fashion trade publication WWD that the 1973 Lautner work is a "symbolic landmark" that has inspired him ever since he first saw it.
One of the largest private estates in Palm Springs, the 23,366-square-foot Hope residence features an undulating concrete roof, indoor pool, and sweeping views of the entire Coachella valley. Though the Louis Vuitton event will be the iconic home's first fashion show, it certainly won't be the brand's first brush with the work of famous architects. Late last year, for example, saw the grand opening of the Paris art museum and cultural center sponsored by Louis Vuitton's parent company LVMH and designed by Frank Gehry. Gehry once also designed a sculptural handbag for the brand and spruced up some of its window displays. And then there's the gorgeous bungalow Louis Vuitton built for a show in 2013, faithfully constructed from an on-paper design of noted French modernist Charlotte Perriand.
· Louis Vuitton to Show Cruise at Bob Hope Estate [WWD]
· Lautner-Designed Bob Hope Estate Now Half Off, Still $25M [Curbed National]
· Throw on Your Louis V Millionaires to Kill the Glare of This Shiny New Miami Outpost [Curbed National]