Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter ’19, an Homage to a Legend
A single white glove with studs along the spine came with the invite to the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter ’19 menswear show. A truly emblematic piece of clothing, it was hard to confuse with anything else. As clearly as it was to see when stepping into the show space as well. This was a tribute to legend.
The set; streets of New York. Lonely pavements scattered with browned leaves, dimly lit under the street lights. Walls plastered with graffiti (installed by Jim Jow, Lewy BTM and Futura, of course). A man yells out of a window, in a French accent nonetheless, which serves as a cue as a saxophonist to start his melody. Out comes the first look.
Almost intentionally blending into the streets, the first 10 looks or so feature graphite tonal dressing. Layering is deliberate, which widens the silhouette. There is beautiful styling with the outwear and how they’ve been belted above the waist for modern appeal.
Scrolling lower down the silhouette, the pant legs have been widened for a contemporary look. The collection stays true to its idea of tonal dressing, along with featuring monochromatic stripes and stars. Out comes clutched in a model’s hand, a weekender with flags from all around the world hanging from it. If that doesn’t scream “We Are The World”, not much else does.
Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton menswear fall/winter ’19 was exactly what he intended, a true homage to Michael Jackson.