Completed and photographed before Virgil Alboh’s passing of cancer on November 28, the Louis Vuitton Men’s Pre-Fall 2022 collection continued the idea of “boyhood ideology”, in the words of the late American designer.
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“What makes men’s wear? Boys do. I believe that building blocks stacked upon each other through our lives form the narrative of what defines men’s wear. My work today bears evidence of everything that happened to me in my past: how I was brought up, educated, and how I evolved”, he said.
We found in this collection the designer’s taste for deconstructing the codes applied to formal, work or casual clothes and resulting in a seemingly offhand rendered. Thus, wrap skirts were invited on three-piece suits, suits were offered with details usually used on women’s clothing, and tracksuits were made with high-end fabrics such as fur, leather and silk, and were enhanced with couture details. This season, Virgil Abloh invited the Milan-based tattoo artist Ghusto Leon to apply his graffiti on pieces from the collection.
Accessory elements included bee hats and veils covered in graffiti graphics by Ghusto Leon, while the LV “Runner Tactic” sneaker has been updated in mesh, and the backpacks were covered in an oversized scaling of the house’s classic “Checkerboard” pattern.
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