Paris Men's Fashion Week: Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 14
A new world of refined luxury
Creative Director Kim Jones has always had a passion for the natural elements of the world. His recent trip to Atacama, Cuzco, Nazca and Machu Picchu in South America were all explored by him in the name of research for this years autumn/winter Louis Vuitton menswear collection.
The setting for the show automatically transports you into another world, massive hand painted oil slicks swirled around the walls and runway – in shades cream, black, grey, beige and blue. This huge art piece was a reproduction of an aerial view of the Atacama desert, where Jones found his inspiration for this year's collection.
Not only did he bring back his trips surroundings, he bought with him the native traditions of the indigenous people. Tribal robes became large horizontally striped scarves gently draped down the shoulders of models dressed in grey and navy slim suits. Skins of animals were alluded to with hand woven alpaca fur panels on sweaters or reversible shearling jackets. Some peices were made from the wool of a Andean native, the vicuña, one of the rarest animals related to alpacas and llamas. The luxury did not end there, from silk pieces lined in chinchilla to an exotic black python skin windbreaker.
The tones of the backdrop matched perfectly with the new accessories added to this years line-up – transforming Vuitton’s signature Damier check pattern, into a deep cobalt blue colour, seen on the on the brand’s Keepall travel bag and the Atoll travel clutch – adding silver globe key chains for a extra worldly touch.
Kim Jones did a spectacular job this year, taking his fashion audience on a journey into a luxurious whirlwind of new fabrics, colour schemes and accessories.