Virgil Abloh Debuts Louis Vuitton Men's SS19

Virgil Abloh Debuts Louis Vuitton Men's SS19

The acclaimed designer takes LV "Over the Rainbow" for Spring.

The acclaimed designer takes LV "Over the Rainbow" for Spring.

Text: AJ Longabaugh

The transitional year that the LVMH has been through has raised numerous questions about how the change in leadership would effect the status and esteem of the luxury fashion as we know it. When announced that Virgil Abloh would be helming Louis Vuitton menswear, a collective response of celebratory anticipation overflowed the industry as the streetwear designer has been preparing for his Paris Fashion Week Men's Debut. Abloh came, saw, and took us "over the rainbow" this afternoon with his  Spring/Summer 2019 menswear collection.

Beginning the presentation with an army of all white, the designer decks out a lineup of towering bodies in the clean slate garments, playing with silhouette and focusing in on signature details that bring the Abloh magic to his garments. Evolving into a bolder dose of saturation, Abloh launches into hues of yellow, red, and teal, tailoring straightforward ready-to-wear garments that feel modern, stoic, and linear. Incorporating his forte of accessory, the designer creates a lineup of technical wear, including intricate harnesses and vests that feel militantly modern with minimal, straightforward expression. The Vuitton bag gets a 360 degree revamp becoming unapologetically bright green and holographic, complete with a bulky chain handle.

Finishing out this standout collection, a parade of florals bring the narrative of this debut to life, projecting an all too familiar Dorothy Gale onto jumpers among poppy splashed prints, and the brick road on to trousers. A full circle moment comes as a knit sweater emblazoned with the iconic Wizard of Oz foursome frolicking in tandem into the emerald city.

Virgil Abloh has established himself as a designer who fearlessly hones in on his many traits and creative abilities, allowing his intuition to take flight and blossom into fruition in whatever form inspires him as a creator. This Louis Vuitton menswear collection is a trophy moment for Abloh and the brand as the new era of latter-day luxury fashion is being ushered in. Check out some of the Louis Vuitton SS19 collection below!

Credits: IMAGES VIA VOGUE

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