With Virgil Abloh‘s first Louis Vuitton runway presentation having finally come to fruition, fans may finally draw away from the spectacle and towards the products themselves. Backstage, we go in close with Abloh’s realized creations.
Truly embodying the house’s luxurious roots, Abloh’s layering pieces ranged from 3D geometric patterns — seen on vests and polos — to oversized, draping shirts fastened with the LV floral monogram at the cuff, many realized in rich reds, greens and blues. Unapologetically bright sweaters, suiting, parkas, and hoodies were elevated with slouchy cuts and boosted functionality, thanks to built-in pouches, zippers and pull tabs, helping to blend athletic influence with sumptuous design. Paint-splattered denim and industrial graphic-laden gloves accompanied more refined blazers and knitwear, making for a high-low mix familiar to those who have followed Abloh’s fashion career. The label’s new, chunky eyewear helped to anchor the busy looks, which often included several layers, beefy outerwear, wide trousers and multiple accessories, often made accessible by matching tonal colors.
Also on hand were many monogram-embossed accessories, which balance saturated color with hefty porcelain chains — not to mention the ultra-opulent fur bags, which also sported the LV emblem. Abloh’s high-top sneaker appeared alongside other basketball-influenced footwear, along with running sneakers and creeper-like shoes in tonal white colorways that easily gelled with the colorful clothing. Standout goods included a stunning intarsia knit featuring Wizard of Oz imagery, and slim leather harnesses, which effortlessly bridged sporty and splendor.
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