Louis Vuitton pays tribute to Africa, the home of modern civilisation, by presenting a Menswear Spring/Summer 2017 collection inspired by a metaphor of Africa: the return to roots, to heritage, to formative influences, to the blueprint.
These themes are explored literally and figuratively. Africa is constantly present and combined with the rebellion of London Punk and the emblematic savoir-faire of the Maison. This journey between these different destinations and influences evokes the spirit of travel, which is the very essence – the blueprint – of Louis Vuitton.
Africa is evoked through rich, intricate textile treatments, exotic skins, a menagerie of animal prints. In a continuation of his first Louis Vuitton show about his childhood in Kenya and Bostwana, Kim Jones, Men’s Artistic Director revisits Africa today, expressing notions of the safari and the gentleman traveller. The palette is dominated by Savannah-bleached shades; jackets have Saharienne detailing.
Punk brings edge, transparent rubber, mohair, zips and straps, all infused with African pattern. Louis Vuitton’s second commission with Jake and Dinos Chapman surrenders four prints depicting twisted animals; their veldt is the Vuitton Monogram. Mohair is knitted to imitate animal markings, and zebra patterns are colored in a petroleum blue. Footwear especially draws on Punk themes, parachute straps forming sandal designs and crepe soles added to laced brogues.
VIDEO: LOUIS VUITTON MENSWEAR FASHION SHOW SPRING/SUMMER 2017
LOUIS VUITTON MEN SPRING 2017
Photos: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton / Ludwig Bonnet
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