After a successful debut of LV2 (that's Louis Vuitton Squared) last year, the collection makes a return for 2021 as part of Louis Vuitton's pre-spring 2022 menswear collection. The sophomore effort with the newly minted artistic director of Kenzo, Nigo, will see the return of familiar patterns and emblems introduced last year, but amped up in terms of colours, fabrications as well as silhouettes.
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The conversation between Louis Vuitton men's artistic director Virgil Abloh and Nigo for LV2 continues this year with a focus on the intersections of the East and West. Specifically, the collection centred around Nigo's live experienced growing up in Japan and being surrounded by Western dress influences that had permeated into Japanese culture.
There's a strong sense of tailoring that nods back to the '50s and '60s as well as an overall more formal aesthetic. Signature Louis Vuitton motifs such as the Monogram and Damier are visibly apparent and just like in the first collection, blown up to various proportions across ready-to-wear and accessories. The drip effect returns too, creating undulating patterns and contrast within the classic Monogram print. Newer reworkings of the Monogram include a striped variation that's referred to as Monogram Stripes and features thick vertical stripes laid beneath the Monogram.
Nigo's Japanese sensibilities are more pronounced this time around. Typical kimono-inspired elements such as the wrap fastening, obi belt and silhouette, are infused into a range of the ready-to-wear pieces of LV2. His Human Made characters too appear in various ways, including on the impressively done 'accessomorphosis'-ed jacket crafted in Monogram coated canvas featuring in-built compartments in the form of Louis Vuitton bags.
There's no doubt that the second LV2 collection is set to be just as coveted as the first one, so we definitely recommend putting your name on the list for any of the first wave items dropping this 28 October.
Louis Vuitton is set to drop the first wave of LV2 collection on 28 October 2021 with the second wave scheduled for 18 November 2021 in Louis Vuitton boutiques.