Double Debut: Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton vs Kim Jones for Dior Homme

Last weekend, Paris menswear runway witnessed the debut show of two remarkable designers as they showcased their first collections to the public: Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton Spring 2019 Menswear and Kim Jones for Dior Homme Spring 2019.

Here we recap what you need to know about both highly-anticipated shows.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2019 Menswear

Bringing his streetwear flair to the 56-piece collection, Abloh let it loose, literally, by sending models down the runway in roomy blazers, baggy pants and oversized hoodies, a slight contrast to his predecessor Kim Jones’ more refined statement. While Abloh tend to keep his works mainly clean (in Off-White as well as collabs), there’s also unexpected punch of neon in the form of vests and gloves, camo motifs as well as florals, giving the otherwise laidback pieces an interesting twist. The last look, a metallic silver poncho with a “Follow The Yellow Brick” patch taken from The Wizard of Oz is engraved as one of the most memorable looks from the collection.

The add-ons were nothing short of iconic but we must admit the iridescent carryall at the end stole the show. Abloh’s debut sneaker, on the other hand, give off a classic retro vibe with ankle-strap and “Vuitton” branding on the soles.

Dior Homme Spring 2019

If Abloh took the street to the runway, Jones chose to go all romantic for his Dior debut. Set against a 10-metre tall KAWS sculpture covered in 70,000 flowers, pastels and beautiful blooms took shape in the form of modern masculinity where cuts are slightly slouchy and details are kept soft and dainty. Jones also partnered with American artist KAWS to rework one of the icons of the house, the bee. Buzzing everywhere from fabric to cabuchons to tote bags, the playful approach marks the new era of Dior where modern element comes into play.

Making full use of Dior’s expert couturiers, Jones even ventured into the delicate side of fashion. Feathers were hand-applied to intertwine with mesh, a transparent vinyl were pressed with feathered flowers by Lemarié, a breathtaking beaded shirt with six panels were done meticulously by four people within a week to complete per panel. The details were spectacular and it’s nice to see such breath of fresh air in the menswear lane.

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