After a gray, gloomy winter, we all long for the warm weather to come. Summertime is all about joyful moments spent with family and friends on a faraway beach where you can relax and drown out your worries on a beach lounger. Meanwhile, since spring is just around the corner, Louis Vuitton created a special collection for the upcoming season, already inducing the idea of exotic vacations through vibrant accessories, sexy swimsuits and breezy dresses.

Called ‘Ailleurs’, French for ‘somewhere else’, the latest Louis Vuitton collection is made in collaboration with British artist Pippa Cunningham, who has also designed the Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection 2008 St. Tropez Galliera. Every image was painted by Pippa, while the watercolor effect was given by a silkscreen – printing process optimized by the legendary French label.

The Louis Vuitton Ailleurs summer 2011 collection features fancy accessories that perfectly mix the glamorous style specific to the French Riviera with an adventurous one, taking us on a special journey in the tropical forests. The main items in this line are canvas tote bags available in city and beach sizes which come in three prints, ‘Promenade’, ‘Escale’ and ‘Aventure’.

Côte d’Azur… Indeed, the best destination where you can enjoy a memorable and chic vacation with the wind in your hair. And the ‘Promenade’ print in the Louis Vuitton collection highly reflects the glamour vibe of the French Riviera, where relaxing strolls are made in the shade of tall palm trees. On the other hand, ‘Escale’ reminds us of tropical vacations with bright, white sand, emerald, light blue sea, a refreshing cocktail and colorful beach umbrellas. The last but not least of the Louis Vuitton ‘Ailleurs’ prints is ‘Aventure’, an exotic depiction of a tropical forest.

The totes come with adjustable handles in grained calf leather, golden metal elements and the already iconic Louis Vuitton Inventeur plaque. There are two sizes available, a larger one for the beach and a smaller one for the city. You can also find the ‘Promenade’ and ‘Escale’ prints on beach towels, scarves and adorable bag charms.

Louis Vuitton Ailleurs Summer Resort 2011 Collection

Louis Vuitton Ailleurs Summer 2011 Collection

Even though a summer-appropriate outfit makes you think mostly to comfortable flat shoes, you can still add a chic flair to your laid-back vacation look with a pair of chunky cork platforms such as the ones in the ‘Ailleurs’ collection. These beautiful, stylish sandals can be found in a palette of green or blue. You can style them up with a strapless dress in cotton and silk which can also be seen in the Louis Vuitton summer 2011 line. Besides this dress, sexy two-piece swimsuits and sequin-embroidered T-shirts are included in this summerish collection that will be available starting April 15th 2011.

Photos courtesy of Louis Vuitton