From when Virgil Abloh first walked through the doors at Louis Vuitton, the late designer reimaged the brand and changed the game. From his signature bold motifs to his redefining of everyday accessories, the designer changed the shape of contemporary luxury fashion and his final collection for Louis Vuitton honoured this. Taking place under the stretched Paris sunset, Louis Vuitton invited us into its dreamlike house where we saw Abloh’s imagination run wild. Resetting our preordained perceptions on the spoilt outlook of a child, we’re thrown into the mind of a young boy who dreams of a limitless world, where bounds and constraints are a distant memory. Through the eyes of the designer, we see various fairy tales and child book fantasies brought to life in form of rainbow brick roads and Courbet’s The Painter’s Studio.
With imagination fueling this fantasy, the collection unravelled itself with 20 dancers and 67 models, intertwining the fashion runway with stellar performances. Staying true to his creative vision, Abloh hacks everything for this final collection – tailoring, sportswear, skirts and all. Playful cartoon characters emerged on thick knitwear and hoodies as Louis Vuitton’s monogram became their toy. Exaggerated suits with broad shoulders brought the same power as superheroes from our retro comic books, while the ocassional angelic cherub wings made an appearance on the model’s back.