Surrealism is the instinctive act of making the ordinary extraordinary. The abstraction of the familiar expands our routine horizons and makes us see the world through unfazed eyes. Virgil Abloh applies the mechanics of the surreal to rewind the clock on our collective age-inflicted comprehension. Gazing at the world through the optics of a child – of an adolescent or a young man – is tantamount to first impressions, to the purity of mind and the refreshing optimism of naivety. The turn of a decade heralds an appetite for fresh motivations.
Revisiting the Louis Vuitton Men's Fall-Winter 2020 Show through the distinctive lens of director Umi Ishihara.Menswear Virgil Abloh Runway Front Row
For his Louis Vuitton Fall-Winter 2020 Collection, Men's Artistic Director Virgil Abloh studies the evolving anthropology of the suit and the reprogramming of traditional dress codes.
Tailoring and the tapered silhouette – the firm symbols of convention, trade and success – depart their corporate comfort zone: twisted and turned, the dress codes of an old world are neutralised, re-appropriated and embraced for a progressive joie de vivre. Employing his evolving premise of boyhood at Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh investigates the lifelong relationship formed by adolescent and young men with shirting and suiting. It is a material and figurative exercise in freedom, presented within the familiar constrictions of tailoring.
An image of Heaven on Earth informs a palette of sky blue and cloud white, set against the colours of the traditional men’s shirting and suiting wardrobe. Through childlike optics, formal tones including black, navy, burgundy, beige and camel are elevated from their conventional codes and imbued with new values. Shots of fluorescent colours are employed to lift garments out of their familiar connotations.Menswear Virgil Abloh Runway Front Row
An overview of the celebrities attending the Louis Vuitton Men's Fall-Winter 2020 Fashion Show in Paris.
Louis Vuitton hosted numerous guests including Bella Hadid, J Balvin, Kris Wu, Migos, Ryuhei Matsuda, Leo Chen, Ashton Sanders, Daniel Kaluuya, Pop Smoke, Tyga and Diplo, among others.Menswear Virgil Abloh Runway Front Row
In the Jardin des Tuileries, a surrealist vision of Heaven on Earth plays gallery to the traditional tools of the artisan for Virgil Abloh's Men's Fall-Winter 2020 Fashion Show.
Hovering like the ceiling of an age-old chapel or an everlasting film set, the clouds suspended over the runway appear dreamlike and infinite. As if through a childlike perspective, the phenomena and traditions we take for granted are invigorated and elevated. The traditional tools of the artisan - a ruler, hammer, needle and thread - are scattered throughout the set and magnified into lionised sculptures: these icons of tradition honoured and changed with equal enjoyment.
Watch the show on louisvuitton.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter and YouTube.Menswear Virgil Abloh Runway
Louis Vuitton is pleased to announce Virgil Abloh's Men's Fall-Winter 2020 Fashion Show will take place in Paris on Thursday, January 16th, at 2:30 pm at the Jardin des Tuileries.
This season's invitation takes the form of a clock engineered to spin backward - even when broken, it still shows the correct time twice a day.
You are invited to watch the show live at louisvuitton.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter, and YouTube.Menswear Virgil Abloh Runway