Thanks largely to the street-styling sensitivities of Supreme, a whole new set of eyes have been cast upon Louis Vuitton. Only a few short years ago, LV was looked upon as a high-fashion vanguard responsible for shaping much of what we know as sartorial luxury. The house’s newly-minted creative head, Virgil Abloh, comes from the same school of thought as does its previous chief, Kim Jones, and will look to expand upon the language levied from the confluence of streetwear and high-fashion. With that in mind, its time now to take a look at Louis Vuitton’s Pre-Fall 2020 collection designed alongside NIGO.
Clean, sharp and sophisticated are key words used to describe the assemblage of pieces the range brigs forth. NIGO has long held Savile Row craftsmanship in the highest of regards, which shows up time-and-time again throughout “LV².” For instance, tailoring is cut close to the body, with formal suiting options and casual garms adhering to form-fitting silhouette shapes. An interesting point of reference lies in the interactive relationship between LV’s house staples and the Japanese designer’s accessorizing eye.
Denim chore coats, chunky glasses and bucket hats juxtapose fittingly against slim suiting options and shiny derby’s. While some fits stick to monochromatic shades of brown and grey, other ensembles give rise to the label’s iconic Damier pattern and equally popular monogram print as a means to creative inflect. The black parka, complete with the “LV MADE” volcano patch etched on the back stands out as a signature piece, as does the beige “LV²”-embossed Harrington jacket. Last, but certainly not least, are a range of carryalls, including cross-body pouches, tote bags, backpacks, duffles and more.
Virgil Abloh and NIGO’s LV² collection is expected to hit select retailers later this summer. Be sure to check back for release details. Meanwhile in other fashion news, Chitose Abe has been appointed as Jean Paul Gaultier’s guest designer as Paris Couture Week.