It was quite the trek to the Louis Vuitton spring men’s show today, to a park we’d never heard of with two huge beautiful greenhouses. One of them was temperate and full of greenery, while the other one, filled with lights and a huge wooden structure, was the venue. The folks at Vuitton certainly know how to make an impression with their theatrics, and they didn’t disappoint here either, with that wooden structure forming the entrance to the runway, as well as the runway itself, which consisted of an oversized woodcut version of the the house’s trademark Damier pattern inset with mirror. Before the show started we were treated to front row appearances from David Beckham and Michael Stipe, which got everyone talking, before Stipe’s musical collaboration with Kim Jones, men’s designer of Vuitton, started blaring from the speakers.
Jones is really in top form with his menswear, and he continued to reinforce his man and the new codes he has been molding for the house. The new LV logo in classic tricolor was seen on caramel leathers, and suiting stripes and checks were cut in variations of this same color palette. Though, this season, our traveling man seemed to be traveling a little lighter than usual with the new holdalls featuring a perforated version of the Damier as the runway.
The collection was inspired by the classic American coast-to-coast road trip, hence the lightness and handleability of the luggage, and we were treated to plenty of luxury versions of American timeless classics. Summer suits were worn with Vuitton bandannas draped around the neck rather than ties, and touring patches were liberally applied to more casual outerwear, reinforcing the branding in a tongue-and-cheek way. Jones even touched on psychedelia with a section of all-over tie-dye looks that Marc Jacobs was sporting in the front row.
The highlight came in the final exits: tuxedos. Jones said it was an ode to prom, and these boys were certainly transitioning in style, with corsages of wild flowers handcrafted from feathers and holographic monogrammed tux jackets.