A compelling melody of bold, brassy, adventurous trumpets signalled the beginning of Louis Vuitton menswear today in Paris at the Parc André Citroën, enveloped by the cosmic azure of a marble-esque catwalk, recollecting a map of sorts, suggesting venture, journey, and a world-wise prestige that underpinned their AW14 offering for the stylish modern dandy.
Peru was the stimuli, and accordingly the sky was the limit for the forces of slick Vuitton archetypes, with subtle tones of staple slate, and coats of fine Peruvian vicuna and brushed cashmere, tossed nonchalantly over shoulders, a predominant look for the house, featuring wide, all-encompassing lapels, and a hint of subtle horizontal stripes that packed a striking, yet self-effacing, punch for the man who appreciates a modesty to his luxury.
Casual layering was also explored by men’s style director Kim Jones, as well as refreshing leather accents, experiments with sophisticated travel parkas and innovative trench coats, and the introduction of a variety of earthy hues stemming from the spectrum of blues, including elegant plums and versatile accompaniments of rusty beige shades.
The sincere craftsmanship attributed to Vuitton’s timeless appeal was evident in the maverick endeavour to diversify the iconic LV Damier check with inspired holdalls, travel bags and astonishing snakeskin clutches that collectively consolidate Vuitton’s mastery. Nothing felt harsh or forced today at Vuitton, epitomised by the authority of the soft, sloped yet discreetly structured shoulders, the definitive doctrine for the international, sojourn avid traveller Vuitton is engaging this year.
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by Liam Feltham
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