For almost a decade, American actress Jennifer Connelly has been the muse of Nicolas Ghesquière, starring in numerous campaigns during his tenure as Creative Director at Balenciaga. Now, for SS17, the 46-year-old actress appears in Ghesquiere's campaign for Louis Vuitton (where he has been Creative Director since 2013), joined by other Louis Vuitton ambassadors and Ghesquière's favourite heroines – actresses Michelle Williams, Adèle Exarchopoulos and American Honey star Sasha Lane. In the campaign, entitled 'Series 6' and shot by Bruce Weber, the four actresses are each captured in striking silhouette against a minimalist backdrop. The full campaign also features outdoor images of models Natalie Westling, Rianne Van Rompaey, Sora Choi, Jean Campbell, Masha Skokova, Mica Arganaraz and Alexandra Micu, taken on the legendary Île Saint-Louis in Paris. The cast of models pose on the Place Louis Aragon on the Parisian island, located on the river Seine, where some of the greatest writers in history – from Baudelaire to Hemingway – resided and which was once the epicentre of seminal intellectual movements like Dadaism and Surrealism. "Paris is the soul of this collection, with its Right Bank / Left Bank duality, Paris is nourished by all artistic influences," Nicolas Ghesquière explains in the press statement. "It is to this cultivated, intellectual, original and free-spirited Parisienne that I wanted to pay tribute."
Key leather-goods pieces from the SS17 collection, including the must-have Louis Vuitton iPhone cases we spied at the show back in October, also star in the campaign, in a series of eye-catching still lifes. Michelle Williams, Jennifer Connelly and Adèle Exarchopoulos have all worked with Louis Vuitton for a number of years and Exarchopoulos' co-star in Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Léa Seydoux fronted the French fashion house's fragrance campaign last summer. However, 21-year-old Sasha Lane is a relative newcomer to the fashion world, following her breakthrough role in American Honey in 2016. The young actress already has i-D, Dazed and Wonderland covers under her belt and made her Paris Fashion Week debut back in October, sitting front row at the Louis Vuitton show. Keep your eyes peeled on this stylish rising star, not only on the big screen but on the red carpet – and, no doubt, in more campaigns to come in 2017.
Watch the Series 6 campaign film below: