Grab some glitter and your fave sunnies, we’re going raving for Virgil Abloh’s explosive collection.
The ‘Amen Break’ is a genre-defining drum break in the world of jungle and hip-hop, it also happens to be the name of Virgil Abloh’s latest collection for Louis Vuitton, a technicoloured ode to the history of Black culture in music.
Its accompanying film tells the story of a father and son united through a shared loss, based on the life of Chicago-born rapper and fine artist Lupe Fiasco. As the LV-clan journey through a hazy dream world, life’s supporting figures are the ones who forge the path, looking to Fiasco’s own father who was an African drummer and member of the Black Panthers, clad in fuzzy earmuffs and cascading trench coats as they make their way through Vuitton’s strange paradise.
The likes of Goldie and Unknown T join in the festivities on the runway, which is a trippier experience entirely, in baggy, checkerboard shellsuits or crisp grey suit jackets paired with jagged foam fingers. Elsewhere LV-embossed jackets and holdalls drip with tinges of acidic green and electric blue, hoods are scrunched tightly atop oversized blazers and follow in the footsteps of candy-coloured earflap hats, a manifestation of all the raves that are yet to come.
The brand even makes a stab at their own event flyers, featuring the insignia of Goldie’s beloved Metalheadz label, the Fantazia dancing man, and a whole host of other 90s blobject madness. These are splashed on coats and baggy two-piece sets, enhanced by furry dalmatian jackets, snowsuits, tin-man Esque aluminium trousers, tie-dye puffa gowns, slouchy graffiti print jeans and chunky petticoat skirts.
Ultimately, Abloh is serving up a transient moment of pure ecstasy for the year ahead, so turn up the bass, grab your dummies and bum-bags, and dive headfirst into all this club-ready splendour – and don’t forget to stay hydrated!