Louis Vuitton’s menswear creative director, Kim Jones, paid tribute to the creativity and craft of the late British designer, Christopher Louis Nemeth this season. The collection was graphically bold reminiscent of his work in the 80s. Nemeth, who passed away in 2010, was an artist-cum-designer. Self-taught in pattern making and sewing, he saw making clothes as an art form. Jones has worked meticulously with Nemeth’s friends and family to celebrate his creativity and craftsmanship, that inspired much of Kim Jones’ career. A rope print of Nemeth’s was appropriated on much of the collection, enlarged and scaled, contrasting on top of camels, greys, blacks… Well it was everywhere; shearling coats with the pattern laser-etched or flocked or embossed with all many of materials.
Set inside a stark futuristic sidewalk, the collection had a versatility fit for any global high street. Louis Vuitton’s iconic accessories were prepped for any adventure; monogrammed backpacks, holdalls, heavy soles and textured socks that marched swiftly down the catwalk. Utility ruled with padded boiler suits, parkas and duffle coats. The urban voyager’s colour palette is camels, browns, greys but hits of striking reds on raincoats that are notable – to say the least – amongst the calming neutrals. The Louis Vuitton explorer is ever-so easy going with soft woolen coats, textured trousers with smooth leather bags layered on top of one another. Jones’ tribute was a remarkable success to the unsung British hero and he was able to regenerate the wardrobe staples for the new Louis Vuitton pioneer.