Photos: Louis Vuitton showcases Virgil Abloh’s latest collection in Paris | fashion and style
Louis Vuitton pulled out all the stops on Thursday to showcase the latest collection from Virgil Abloh, the house’s first African-American creative director who died in November after a two-year battle with cancer.
The scene of a bedroom, stairway, trampoline and smoking fireplace on the runway in central Paris evoked nostalgic images reminiscent of Abloh’s childhood, tying in with the themes that defined his Louis Louis aesthetic. Vuitton since 2018.
“Life is so short you can’t wait even a day” is one of Abloh’s quotes included in the show’s notes. It was typical of the epicureanism and optimism of this exhibit – and of the life and art of the Illinois-born designer.
The richly colored presentation of the Carreau du Temple in the Marais was a fitting swansong. It started with acrobat models repeatedly bouncing on a hidden trampoline and back up an ascending staircase.
Large pointed ears on Batman-like caps evoked his childhood obsessions, as did oversized baseball headwear or graffiti-style prints.
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Loose, pointy-shouldered suits, often long in proportion, defined much of the aesthetic that permeated basketball and street wear. Despite the nostalgia, the designs had a typically aggressive edge to them from the former Kanye West collaborator.
Shrill bright purples, candy blues and lots of acid colors mixed with gold chains, chunky collars and caps worn on the side. Prints and patterns shone in intentionally irresistible combinations.
Abloh’s street-infused styles had marked a departure for the house from the more luxurious styles of its predecessor, British designer Kim Jones. Now the big question is whether Vuitton will continue in Abloh’s vein or change tack again.
A sign of Abloh’s popularity, Louis Vuitton performed the show twice on Thursday.
Photos: Louis Vuitton stages Virgil Abloh’s swan song in Paris