Titled ‘Overview’, Kim Jones’ final collection with Louis Vuitton for menswear Autumn/Winter ’18 is about “constant voyage”. Waving goodbye to the Parisian super-brand, Jones takes aspects from all over the globe, expressing the brand’s international impact, to incorporate into his final Vuitton designs.
With a huge focus on landscapes and earthy hues, the runway is dominated with Icelandic blues, mossy greens, sandy beiges and stone greys. Taking birds-eye shots of Kenya, Russian shearling and mink inspirations, American rodeo references and integrating the original logo into it all creates “Modern looks, found in a classic place”. The English designer seem to have been saving some of his best ideas till last at the French fashion house with a show jam-packed with innovative, bold choices.
The models travelled down the catwalk in shorts and patchwork legging combinations, gradient coats and elastic silk joggers, regularly accented with citrus colours and accessories inspired by outdoor-adventure sports (think hiking and climbing).
Titanium and glaze detailing breathes new life into the luxury leather goods line and the Louis Vuitton speedy is re-worked into a cross-body bag, a hyped contemporary trend in the current menswear scene. Trunks are also worn across the body, re-invented to use everyday, a strong style choice that fits in with the seven-continent concept.
Last, but certainly not least, Jones’ parades women down the catwalk for the first time in his seven year career with Louis Vuitton. None other than Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, the supermodels came down the runway repping fitted vinyl trench coats embellished with the classic monogrammed pattern. Worn with the branded cowboy boots that became a huge focus of the show, the inclusion of the ladies may hint at Jones’ next move to a unisex fashion brand.
Check out the full Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2018 collection which showcased at Paris Fashion Week below: