Our 10 Favourite Looks From Louis Vuitton’s Final SS21 Show In Tokyo

03 September 2020
Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh, SS21, Tokyo, Menswear
Virgil Abloh’s three-month run of shows comes to an end in style

What should you do if you are Virgil Abloh, creative director of Louis Vuitton, a man whose soul purpose is to break new ground and upend the status quo if, like he has, you find yourself at the mercy of a global pandemic?

Well, if it were us we’d probably have stayed at home completing Netflix and watching our daily step count drop into the low double digits (yes, that is actually what we did).

Abloh, though, saw an opportunity. In a six-month period where everything from fashion weeks to the actual Olympic Games was cancelled, he managed to put on two physical fashion shows, the first in Shanghai and the second, which took place yesterday (September 2) in Tokyo.

“The collection proposes an alternative to rationalism,” said the accompanying press release.

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“In order to break the chain – to achieve the impossible  – the mind must journey into the subconscious and cross the borders of reason.”

Well yes, indeed. But that’s why we do what we do, and Virgil Abloh does what he does.

The resulting 119-look collection, the final 60 of which were designed and made entirely for this Tokyo show, was an intensely colourful and rich exploration of Japanese street culture, ska, toys as collectibles and Abloh’s Ghanaian heritage. It walked the line between weird and wearable, like Abloh was giving Vuitton’s customer permission to step outside of their comfort zone and make the winter of 2020 considerably brighter than the spring.