9 February 2016
Louis Vuitton menswear Fall/Winter collection. Parisian dandy
"I was inspired by Paris - old and new," said Kim Jones of his Louis Vuitton fall-winter show.
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton showed off his softer side at Louis Vuitton's menswear show in a pastel silk bomber and shades Thursday. The result? A collection that was typically stylish but more subdued than we've come to expect from the British designer. Proceedings began with the dapper suited and coated looks of the Parisian dandy — based on, Jones said, the real-life noble Alexis von Rosenberg, who was born in 1922 and famed across Paris for his styles.
Embellished neck chokers complemented battleship gray trenches, fur coats in blue, burgundy, gray and brown as well as some classy tailored suits in soft donkey brown. Sophisticated takes on the beret speckled the show and were sometimes worn alongside Art Deco jewelry.
The somewhat muted hues of military attire also defined the aesthetic — with old-fashioned French navy, battleship gray, military browns providing a safe, masculine edge. A dalliance with patterns provided the more daring looks: large Art Deco graphic shapes adorning jackets, or flecked paint effects on white pants and coats.
The nicest piece channeled this: a soft white silken jacket with an arty swirling ribbon motif.
Sporting slicked back hairstyles and berets, models continued down the catwalk in fitted knit sweaters and coats, dressed in a graphic zigzag print. Monochromatic suiting numbers, offered in dusty hues painted a militaristic tone for the stylish civilian. Meanwhile, colorblocking came into play for another round of must-have coats and jackets. Rounding out the season, shearling sportswear joined t-shirts and outerwear stamped with Louis Vuitton logos.
Louis Vuitton has a branded moment with its fall-winter 2016 men’s collection.