Tailored 60s jackets, shirting merged with kimonos and vibrant tiger print bags: Nigo and Virgil Abloh serve up their second collaboration.
A lot of things go hand in hand, but nothing hits harder than Virgil Abloh and Nigo. Back with their second collaboration for Pre-Spring 2022, the duo continues their creative conversation for Louis Vuitton and exchange their passions for diverse cultural roots and streetwear. Titled LV2 (Louis Vuitton Squared), the sophomore season expands upon their previous, but with a focus on Nigo’s fashion upbringing in Japan and how it shifted into a Western man’s wardrobe.
Tailored 60s jackets, shirting merged with kimonos and tiger print bags fill the muted collection, as the designers hack traditional Japanese sensibilities to create a cross-culture-inspired effort. Giving a subtle nod to preppy uniforms, the designers deliver 60s schoolboy ‘fits, with cropped rowing blazers decorated with monogram pinstripes and preppy chinos.
Continuing his travel-centric technique for this collection, Virgil morphs various monogram-coated canvases into fleece jackets and cargo-style trousers, while still integrating elements of Nigo’s conventional style. Boyish mascots can also be seen distinctively throughout the collection, and serve as a new style of logoing, as garments are adorned head-to-toe in duck-shaped buttons and vibrant red hearts. While the collection may seem serious on the offset, elements of playfulness ripple throughout, with cross-body bags transformed into duck-shaped accessories and artisanal jewellery enhanced with mischievous characters. With this collection serving as a follow-up chapter to their collaboration last year, the only thing we’re left wondering is when can we expect the next.
The full collection will be available in two drops this year, with the first drop being October 28th then second November 18th, 2021