Virgil Abloh looks to the wild absurdity of The Wizard of Oz for his latest collection at the esteemed fashion house.
Following the brand’s unprecedented decision to show off-calendar in the wake of COVID-19, Louis Vuitton’s highly anticipated menswear show finally dropped last night. Titled ‘A Manifesto According to Virgil Abloh’, the show was held at the port of Shanghai, with appropriately nautical LV printed shipping containers setting the backdrop for a captivating display of fashion magic.
The collection looks to the story of Wizard of Oz, which Abloh previously referenced at his debut for the house back in 2018, drawing parallels on race, gender and culture that are both metaphoric and totally animate on the runway. “Under my artistic direction, I see my Louis Vuitton Men’s collections as my platform of nuance. I strive to employ fashion to reflect and affect ideals of inclusivity, unity and humanity,” Abloh said of the collection. “Through nuance, I believe in making my mark with poise, style and grace.”
And what a show it was. Abloh packed a visual punch with surrealist scorpion broaches a la Schiaparelli, block colour knits in rasta hues, bulging puffa jackets in sizzling monogram latex and even a range of Mad hatter caps, all enveloped in luscious silk scarves, sort of like what JLS would have worn back in 2009.
Thrown into the mix were oversized blazers, with slouched and boxy shoulders coupled with extended flowing trousers legs. Attached to the ensembles are a plethora of adorable knitted creatures, anyone order a knitted mouse or a plush dragon with their Vuitton?
Models carry boxy briefcases or comfy crossbody bags while vivid black and white checkerboard prints swallow their handles, spilling over into a variety of optical illusion printed attire, with Abloh, of course, incorporating bold and bright iterations of the traditional LV insignia to the mix.
If you were to ask us some of our favourite looks, besides everything on display, we would of course have to pay tribute to the blue checked flamingo jacket and that magnificent emerald green trench, which are feats of mouthwatering beauty in their own right. They say good things come to those who wait, and bloody hell weren’t they right.