LOUIS VUITTON SS19 MENSWEAR BY VIRGIL ABLOH REVIEW

RIGHT OUT OF THE PALAIS ROYAL AT THE PLACE COLETTE IN PARIS WE ARE PRESENTED WITH A 2:30PM LIVE STREAM OF LV’S SS19 MEN’S COLLECTION BY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR VIRGIL ABLOH. ONE MORE TIME FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK! VIRGIL ABLOH! 21/06/2018 HE HAS MADE HISTORY FOR THE BRAND, WATCHING THE STREAM YOU CAN SEE HAPPINESS, LOVE AND TEARS OF JOY SHARED BETWEEN VIRGIL AND CLOSE FRIEND KANYE WEST. FOR A FASHION STUDENT LIKE ME, SEEING HOW FAR VIRGIL HAS COME IS SO ENCOURAGING AND TOUCHING. HIS INSTAGRAM POST CAPTIONED “YOU CAN DO IT TOO…” IS SO MOVING, DESPITE ALL HIS ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR, HE REMAINS SO HUMBLE AND APPRECIATIVE. FROM AFAR ALL I CAN DO IS ADMIRE ALL HIS ARTISTRY AND PERSONALITY.

A SPECTRUM OF COLOUR PAVES THE RUNWAY, WHILE GUESTS SAT AT EITHER SIDE. IT’S HARD TO IGNORE FRONT ROW WHICH CONSISTED OF MY FAVS: RIHANNA, ILLJAH, ASAP ROCKY, BELLA HADID, NOAMI CAMPBELL, JORDYN WOODS, KYLIE JENNER, KIMYE, ALEALI MAY AND LUKA SABBAT (AND MORE). NOT ONLY WAS FRONT ROW POPPING BUT THE DIVERSITY AND CAST OF THE MODELS WAS EVERYTHING! I APPRECIATE DIVERSITY SO MUCH IN A FASHION SHOW.

ALEALI MAY CAPTURED SOME CELEB FAVS

VIRGIL STARTED OFF WITH 17 WHITE/OFF-WHITE LOOKS BEFORE ADDING COLOUR TO HIS PALETTE.  AMONG THE 17 WE WITNESSED BAGGY TROUSERS, SUITS, DUFFEL BAGS WITH HANGING CHAINS FOR STRAPS. SPEAKING OF ACCESSORISES THE BAGS WERE A STATEMENT FOR THIS COLLECTION, I LOVE THE BACKPACK-SIDE BAG COMBO, THE ACROSS BACKPACK FRONT STRAP, THE THIGH BAG!!!! A BIT OF A STRUGGLE IF YOU NEED TO GO TO THE TOILET, BUT ALL IN THE NAME OF FASHION RIGHT. A CLEAR TRANSPARENT JACKET VS A SHEER T-SHIRT WITH THE LV MONOGRAM, FOR ME THE SHEER T-SHIRT WINS!

“COLOUR IS AN ALLURING TRICK TO MAKE SOMETHING JAZZIER THAN IT IS,” WHEN WE MET BEFORE THE SHOW. “WHAT I WANTED PEOPLE TO SEE WAS THE CRAFTSMANSHIP, SILHOUETTE, CHOICE OF MATERIAL, DETAIL. I WANTED TO REMOVE COLOUR FROM THAT EXCITEMENT, TO LET THE EYE ADJUST TO SEE WHAT I’M BRINGING TO ALL THE HYPE AND HYSTERIA.” – VIRGIL ABLOH

IN TWO MINDS ABOUT LOOK 9, IS IT A ONE-PIECE OR A SEPARATE BUT DESPITE  MY CONFUSION I ADORE THIS FIT, IT’S DEFINITELY SOMETHING I WOULD WEAR. THE TOP APPEARS TO BE A DIFFERENT FABRIC TO THE SHORTS, I’M LITERALLY SQUINTING AND I THINK I’M SEEING SNAKESKIN SHORTS OR SOME SORT OF SKIN? THE LARGER THAN LIFE BAG IS A YES FROM ME. WHERE CAN I SIGN UP FOR MINE?

  • SHIRTS WITH MULTIPLE 3D POCKETS (ALL DIFFERENT SIZES)
  • FROM SHOPPER BAGS TO BOWLING BAGS
  • SLITS AT THE HEM OF TROUSERS
  • PLEATED TROUSERS
  • NEON LACES (COLOUR IS SLOWLY EMERGING)
  • RED LV GLOVES AND RED DETAILING ON THE TRAINERS
  • HALF A SUIT JACKET MEETS SHOULDER STRAP. WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT?

HELLO NEUTRAL COLOURS! WE HAVE DIFFERENT SHADES OF BROWN FOR THE SUITING CONTRASTING WITH NEON AND WHITE COLOURS FOR THE GLOVES AND ACCESSORIES, SO JUST TO CLARIFY THAT I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE LOVING NEON/ACID COLOURS FOR S/S. THEN ONTO DIFFERENT SHADES OF GREEN, MOSTLY OLIVES AND PASTEL GREENS. THE BULLET PROOF TYPE VEST OVER THE SHIRT, TRENCH COAT MATCHED WITH A HOODIE AND BAGGY TROUSERS (I LOVE THIS OVERSIZED-BAGGY LOOK  – IT SCREAMS COMFORT).

MORE COLOUR BEING INTRODUCED WITH LOOK 28, WITH A TIE-DYE/WASH OF YELLOW, PINK, GREY AND BLUE FOR THE ANORAK. PAIRED WITH GORGEOUS MUSTARD-YELLOW TROUSERS AND THE BEST DUFFEL BAG OF THE COLLECTION! I MEAN COME ON HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BAG? IT’S FLUORESCENT! SIMILAR TO THE BULLET PROOF TYPE VEST, (I’M THINKING IT’S A SCUBA FABRIC) IS A NEON ZIP-UP TOP DETAIL WITH A WAVE OF A HEM (SEE WHAT I DID THERE)? IT WORKS WELL WITH THE WASH OF COLOURS ON THE TROUSERS.

CHANNELLING INTO A BLACK AND WHITE WASH FOR THE MATCHING SETS AND RED FOR THE BAGS, BAGS OF DIFFERENT SIZES AND PURPOSE. SOME AROUND THE WAIST, ACROSS THE BODY TO THE BACK OF THE MODEL AND HELD BY HAND. THEN INTO ALL RED EVERYTHING OUTFITS, THE RED JACKET AND TOP AGAINST THE WHITE/RED WASH SHORTS IS A FAVOURITE OF MINE.

  • MORE DIFFERENT SILHOUETTES FROM THE 3D POCKET DETAIL
  • FLEECE
  • RIBBED GILLET
  • PRINTS FROM THE WIZARD OF OZ
  • BLACK LOOKS  WITH CONTRASTING ORANGE BAG STRAPS AND VEST
  • THE SIMPLICITY OF THE ALL DENIM, SHIRT AND JEANS. I DID NOT EXPECT IT.
  • DOROTHY (WIZARD OF OZ REFERENCE AGAIN) ASLEEP IN A FIELD OF FLOWERS ON AN ANORAK PAIRED WITH A BOXY MONOGRAM BAG AND FROM VIRGIL “DOROTHY IS A FARM GIRL FROM THE MIDWEST TRANSPORTED TO OZ, A FAIRY TALE LAND WHERE SHE EXPERIENCES THINGS BEYOND THE REACH OF HER IMAGINATION” SELF EXPLANATORY – THE RAINBOW RUNWAY, TIE-DYE COLOURS AND FLORAL’S
  • LOUIS VUITTON TRAINERS (NO COLLABS) “I WANTED TO WEAR EVERYTHING IN THERE EVERYDAY” – CHADWICK BOSEMAN “THE SHOES WERE TIGHT” – LUKA SABBAT  “YOU NAME IT I WANT EVERY SINGLE THING” SAME!

VIRGIL HAS CHANGED THE GAME, THIS IS ONE SHOW THAT I WISHED I COULD’VE SEEN IN THE FLESH. I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT, LITERALLY STILL DAY DREAMING ABOUT THE ACCESSORIES AS WE SPEAK. THIS SHOW WAS SO IMPORTANT AND POWERFUL,

THANK YOU VIRGIL!

“YOU KNOW HOW, IN A WESTERN MOVIE, THERE WOULD BE, LIKE, ONE BLACK COWBOY? AND YOU’D BE LIKE, I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AMONGST ALL THESE MOUNTIES? I WANT TO DELIVER A MESSAGE: YEAH, I COME FROM THIS PLACE” – VIRGIL ABLOH

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