It was that time of the year when fashion took the driver’s seat and steered everyone’s attention to the runways of New York and London. Fashion Week – to many in the industry like designers, editors, and photographers – is the beginning of their calendar year when, like the changing of the seasons, new trends begin to take shape and manifest themselves in the consciousness of the public. And of all the brands and labels that strut their number on the runway, Louis Vuitton’s Fall and Winter 2015 Men’s Collection proved itself to be a visual delight.
From the creative mind of the label’s new style director, Kim Jones, the collection paid homage to one of fashion’s foremost pioneers: Christopher Nemeth.
The collection was at its most impressive yet as Jones incorporated Nemeth’s artistry into the clothes and the iconic Louis Vuitton bags. It was a collision of elegance and edge.
Nemeth’s design signatures of deconstructing tailored suits and the prolific use of illustrations depicting thread, hands and needles was masterfully worked into each clothing from prints to the actual form and construction by Jones.
As the label prides itself in being one of the leading brands in luxury, the Nemeth inspired Fall Collection may have elevated it to newer heights making every piece coming out of the runway as fresh as the day it was conceived.
The collection presented a new line of jackets and sweatshirts that are perfectly tailored and designed; and it was on the runway that the color trend of Fall/Winter will be mostly in shades of brown and darker hues of blue. Leather jackets have always been main fixtures in any Fall collection. However, what could be making a return are parkas and lumpy sweaters, the latter having emerged towards the final quarter of last year and are still keeping a strong footing in many collections by other designers.
On the other hand, what seemed to have stolen the show was the new look of Louis Vuitton bags that will, no doubt, men of style and exquisite taste, will be clamoring for.
Known the world over, Louis Vuitton bags have been an icon unto itself. The unmistakable pattern and monograms decorating even the simplest handbag brings a level of status to its owner, man or woman.
Drawing once again from Nemeth’s aesthetic, the bags received a “face lift” to bring it closer to a younger market that seems to be getting hungrier for fashion and style. The look of the design is simple but it was its simplicity that drew attention. Keeping Nemeth’s use of threads in illustration, Jones has restyled the checkerboard pattern and added the Nemeth element where every other “checkerboard” has been replaced by prints of woven threads creating a very rustic, yet undeniably sophisticated look, for the bags.
Overall, the brand’s Men’s 2015 Fall Collection is as sleek and sophisticated as its patron but without losing that air of “bon vivance” in being adventurous with its design elements while staying true to the luxury that it represents worldwide.