Louis Vuitton Spring / Summer 2019 Menswear
Once described as being too rooted in streetwear culture, Virgil Abloh is one of fashion’s most influential figures and in the grounds of the Palais-Royale gardens, we saw evidence of how he’s shaping global fashion.
Interestingly the collection which he named ‘Colour Theory’ began in a series of off-white (pun intended) tailored garments, which then smoothly transitioned into what’s more affiliated with Abloh’s style; luxe hoodies and shell suit style trousers among other pieces. Then unpredictably, we saw a burst of colour such as a neon neoprene quilted jumper. Out on the runway stepped celeb faces such as Steve Lacy donning a sheer white LV logo top and Playboi Carti holding a holographic backpack – a well-defined example of Abloh’s understanding in regard to what his youth-led target audience would deem ‘lit.’ As the models strutted down the runway, the story was clear, the evolution of a man who came not from a fashion educated background but from one where he carried the torch for being nothing but himself.
Perhaps the most talked about moment of the show was the teary brotherly embrace between Kanye and Virgil, which denoted the hard work put in and the gratification they had for one another. EPIC!
Abloh’s appointment is a ground-breaking shift in the right direction for diversity in the fashion industry. An effort that is majorly backed by Naomi Campbell who once tweeted, “you are our future.” Him being the first black designer to direct Louis Vuitton is proof that hard work, originality and true talent really does pay off. We cannot wait to see more of his wonderful work.