Virgil Abloh’s touch of gold
As the looks march on it is fair to say that Abloh is unafraid to rip up the rulebook and leave his mark on Louis Vuitton. Although staying true to some of the classic tailoring and silhouettes we’ve learned to expect from Louis Vuitton, an eclectic mix of futuristic materials and clean shapes were added. A simple cream suit was matured with a white harness across the upper chest and a pair of neon yellow laces upon trainers; A classic LV ‘Speedy’ bag was styled with a matte-white loose chain; and a punchy poncho ended the show, deflecting the hot Parisian sun from every angle of its metallic shiny surface. These were just some of the wonderful twists and turns displayed on clean and classic designs. It all shows that as well as respecting the deep history of the House of LV, Abloh wasn’t afraid to get personal with the details.
On a personal note, a massive appeal of this collection is its ability to seem both comfortable and practical. The majority of the clothes seemed wonderfully loose, and the bags conveniently roomy. The utilitarian-style vests even have enough pockets across them to make anyone feel like a human pencil case when wearing one. Virgil Abloh continues to display a certain style that on the surface may seem easy to replicate, as proven by many independent streetwear brands that have risen in the wake of his popularity. However very few will be able to do it with the soul passion and intention that Abloh does. His garments are constructed with intelligence and heart, something that is nearly impossible to reproduce.
In a nutshell, this show displayed an eclectic range of utilitarianism, masculinity, structure and boldness. With hidden pockets of fantasy shown through iridescent finishes and unexpected florals, it’s fair to say Virgil Abloh got this show right on the nose. He stayed true to his style and let the show naturally radiate his intelligence, dedication and great craftsmanship, which has left fashion-lovers alike brimming with hope and excitement for the future of Virgil Abloh and Louis Vuitton.
Photo credits: Louis Vuitton