Baroque Access has the lowdown on last week’s stunning Louis Vuitton Menswear Fall/Winter 2015/2016 runway show. Take a look at the backstage photographs and find out all about LV Artistic Director Kim Jones’ inspiration for this iconic collection
For the Fall/Winter 2015/2016 season, luxury design house Louis Vuitton paid homage to the life and work of under-valued London fashion designer and creative pioneer Christopher Nemeth, who died five years ago. LV Men’s Artistic Director Kim Jones created a collection that was not only beautiful and luxurious, but also extremely wearable, with fabulous fifties style elements ever-present, such as the chic drainpipe trouser that was paired with large turn-ups and different colored white-soled shoes.
Throughout the collection, the colours were bright and masculine, and included shades of indigo, beige, dark brown, cognac, black, navy, and a touch of gold. As luxury brand Louis Vuitton is all about travel, the range also included some fabulous travel-inspired signature looks as well as Japanese-style prints that were both beautiful and unusual.
In the new Louis Vuitton Menswear Fall/Winter 2015/2016 collection, Jones emulated the late Nemeth’s style of mixing street wear and exquisite tailoring. He also incorporated elements of Nemeth’s iconic Japanese-inspired craftsmanship and creativity.
Jones waxed lyrical about Nemeth’s legacy at the start of the show, saying that he was “the most important designer to come out of London alongside Vivienne Westwood”. In fact, Nemeth’s motif of woven rope was a signature of the LV show – it featured as a jacquard on a camel pea coat, then was exaggerated in an oversized proportion on pants. The motif appeared all over denim garments, and was found on the dial of a LV wristwatch. Jones paired this emblem with classic, clean silhouettes to show off Nemeth’s signature style. He also included cross-over leather straps, reminiscent of the Samurai-style, as Japanese design and motifs were another of Nemeth’s trademarks.
In true LV tradition, the range included a treasure trove of magnificent, covetable accessories. One that is likely to reign supreme as a trend for both men and women is the horn and silver safety pins that appeared on various garments. They were but a single sparkle in a whole selection of startlingly beautiful elements created by Jones for this sensational selection. After four years, the designer is obviously in his element in this ultra-luxe environment, and he is becoming a force to be reckoned with on the menswear runway.
Making a statement front row and center at the Paris show was supermodel Kate Moss, wearing an eye-catching fur coat. Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton, Former REM front man Michael Stipe and singer Bryan Ferry also had front row seats.
Louis Vuitton Photo credits: Runway LV/Ludwig Bonnet; Backstage LV/Mattheiu Dortomb