Wardrobe staples like business suits, denim jackets, and duster coats, elongated, stretched, and exaggerated formed the basis of Virgil Abloh‘s Fall 2021 Menswear lineup for Louis Vuitton.
Originally designed to be performed live, the show was filmed without guests due to ongoing restrictions designed to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Familiar silhouettes were amplified and maximized: gray suiting was transformed with a trompe-l’oeil marble print, whilst checked fabrics, used on coats and pleated skirts, married Scottish tartans, and the kente cloth worn by his Ghanaian ancestors.
To emphasize the crossover of cultural signifiers, Abloh, who has made phrases and quotation marks a signature of his Off-White label, tapped artist Lawrence Weiner to create cryptic wordplay slogans such as “Somewhere somehow,” smattered across bag straps and scarves.
The collection, at once distilling the distinguished essence of Louis Vuitton with the eccentricities of Abloh’s creative vision somehow cohesively coalesced everything from Ghanian prints, tailored suiting, and Celtic traditional-wear, whilst possibly even nodding to Erykah Badu’s infamous cocked and oversized headwear.
If one thing is for certain, Abloh is a man of many hats (no pun intended).
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