Off-road, across the countries, a global perspective. The Louis Vuitton Fall-Winter 2018 collection is an overview that simultaneously experiences a multitude of landscapes and, at the same time, the heritage of Louis Vuitton. Past, present and future.
“These are garments that can change, fabrics that travel on the body and are transformed, always discovering something new: a constant journey,” says Kim Jones, Art Director of the Louis Vuitton men’s collections.
The collection embodies, through clothes that take inspiration from sportswear, the modern ease of movement, combined with different cultural experiences. The key print represents the journey and consists of photographs taken during a helicopter flight to Kenya. The printed images also inspire the color palette of the collection, from the natural and neutral tones of the earth, to the colors of the desert and the mountain of sandstone, to granite, olive and slate. These elements highlight the concepts of exploration and continuous discovery, typical of the Maison’s DNA.
From the left: Naomi Campbell, Kim Jones, Kate Moss
References travel from the Wild West to the Far East, moving freely and mixing themes and approaches. The American Rodeo is reminiscent of bermudas overlaid with tight leggings, which also strongly recall sportswear. Shearling and mink inlays are homages to Russia and Siberia; cashmere and vicuña are used for classic suits combined with technical details, taken from the climbing world, such as the yellow and orange fluo inserts. The footwear echoes these crossovers of styles: the cowboy boot is embellished with typical details of hiking shoes and the python is used on sports sneakers, re-issue of a model proposed for the first time in 2015.
David Beckham and Brooklyn Beckham
The past is a destination that is often visited: “Modern looks in a classic place,” says Kim Jones. In this case, a long journey through the archives of the Maison reflects a contemporary lifestyle. The references to sportswear are evident everywhere. The foundations of modern man’s wardrobe are refined and emphasized, becoming a symbol of the new definition of precious and at the same time practical luxury.
To communicate the journey through the modern materials of the collection, Kim Jones has looked to the future. Titanium is used in the collection as a new precious material, both on the finishes and on the trunks; gives shine, approaching iridescent and shiny materials such as organza, python and metallic details. The Monogram Titanium enhances the brilliance of the metal, declined on the iconic signature of the Maison.
From the left: Kevin Trapp, Antoine Arnault, Neymar Jr
Leather goods and accessories are a reinterpretation of the Maison’s heritage. The Monogram is proposed in different colors and finishes. The Monogram Titanium joins the Monogram Glaze, whose mirrored and shiny finish is a renewed version of the Vernis of the 90s. The Monogram Glaze is declined on Macassar and Monogram Eclipse, for bags, shoes and clothing. The Monogram Fluo gives energy through the contrasts of neon colors.
A new signature emerges with elements of the name, whether Louis or Vuitton, impressed on the two new lines of leather goods: Infinity Light and Infinity Dark. Taking inspiration from the natural cowhide, which is combined with the Monogram canvas, the leather is used to emphasize the purity of the shapes, approaching belts and titanium details. The Louis Vuitton Speedy is reproposed in a male version as a shoulder bag; a hobo model is thought of as an elegant travel bag; a new backpack and two Messenger models complete the collection. Details inspired by the world of sport and mountain appear on accessories with titanium inserts and climbing ropes are used for handles and closures.
The classic Louis Vuitton trunks shrink to become shoulder and hand bags. The trunks and bags in titanium inspire a game in continuous becoming between rigid and soft forms.
Never a destination, always a journey. This collection celebrates the continually evolving point of view of the Maison, an ever-widening vision. It is an overview, a fresh perspective. Looking forward to new horizons.
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