There hasn't been a fashion of this scale and magnitude in quite a while. Louis Vuitton's one of the foremost authority in luxury fashion, and its men's artistic director Virgil Abloh, is one of contemporary fashion's biggest icons. It's difficult to expect anything less from the two, global pandemic or not.
As teased since July's Paris Fashion Week Online, the Louis Vuitton men's spring/summer 2021 collection is taking a voyage away from Paris and to the East. Its first stop was Shanghai, China last evening and unveiled the opening of a two-part event that's scheduled to continue in Tokyo, Japan come September. Opening the show were a selection of looks from the autumn/winter 2020 collection—not as reminder of what's coming to boutiques, but as a proclamation that there's no 'old' or 'new' collection anymore. Abloh's proposing that the value of each collection doesn't diminish with the arrival of a new season or as he stated in the collection's press notes: "equal in worth forevermore".
Look and feel: Abloh once again explored the theme of childhood for spring/summer 2021; a child-like innocence taking over the reins with elements of freedom from being in a trance-like state. Which only meant that the collection took on forms and ideas that were unrestrained in creativity. While at times they seemed a tad kooky—that last look with Kris Wu attached to a giant float, for instance—given how the collection was conceptualised with that sense of a void for social constructs, they drove a point of how we're limited by what we've been conditioned to be familiarised with.
Favourite looks: There's quite a lot to take in, especially when the collection's kind of Mad Hatter-y with its clashing highlighter hues, vibrant prints and those stuck-on puppets of varying sizes. But amidst the chaotic assemblage of brashness, look 9's all-black ensemble stood out for its exaggerated proportions and relative simplicity. Here, the wolf puppet appeared to be melded together with the oversized padded coat like a perfectly moulded piece of garment. The mini Keepall bag that was paired with the look, added to the incredulity of the proportions—a more subtle (and rather brilliantly executed) play on surrealism and irreverence that could have been explored more throughout the collection.
Favourite accessories: While the Louis Vuitton men's spring/summer 2021 collection is replete with fun accessories, real-world practicality is an issue. We're staying clear of the pieces adorned with plush puppets, and opting for the white leather crossbody trunk with two LV puppet patches as seen on look 4—a sense of the irreverent playfulness of the collection but packaged in a sleeker design.
It's not always that a collection's eyewear catches our, well, eyes. But they're easily one of the stars of the collection and best exemplify Abloh's take on surrealism. From the single-lensed visor in look 5 to the iconic Monogram Flower version on look 36, the season's eyewear is one to behold. Our favourite has to be the wonky-shaped sunglasses as seen on look 45. Put it on and you're instantly slapped with a questioning/judgemental look on your face. Perfection.