The Fall/Winter 2020 version of Paris Fashion Week featured a double-dip initiative put on by, arguably, the hardest working man in fashion, Virgil Abloh. The noted designer got the party rolling with Off-White™’s seasonal presentation, however, just hopped off stage in concluding Louis Vuitton’s highly-anticipated collection. Abloh tapped into the French atelier’s sophisticated semblance, respectfully paying reverence to LV’s historic timeline.
Set against a surrealist cloudscape inundated with oversized tools of the trade, Louis Vuitton assembled looks that speak to the heart of every modern-day dandy. Crisp white button-down shirts set the stage for two-piece suiting options in muted shades of blue, brown and grey. Statement outerwear helped unify and enrich each outfit via asymmetrical cuts, obscure pocket placement and excessive panelling. Elsewhere, an assortment of pieces call attention to sectional cut outs that closely resemble jigsaw puzzles, while others spotlight quirky panel positioning. Other such examples include jackets that highlight expressive ruffle techniques and/or gradient speckling tactics.
Central to Abloh’s design language is his innovative use of accessory pieces. A comprehensive range of carryall items, including leather briefcases, printed tote bags, mini trunks and cross-body pouches juxtaposed against knit headwear and box-toed Chelsea boots. Titled, “Heaven on Earth,” Louis Vuitton closed the show with models decked out in garb bearing cloud patterns. From suits and jackets to trousers and pullovers, commissioned items drew focus towards the atmospheric print, while sunglasses and fragmentary face masks added a dream-like component to the show.
In other fashion week news, be sure to check out Raf Simons reference “SOLAR YOUTH” in his FW20 offering.