Sunday, June 27, 2010

Louis Vuitton - Spring 2011 - Review

I don't think I've ever seen a piece from the Louis Vuitton mens collection on the street. Come to think of it, I don't believe I've ever encountered an LV label in a department store either. With the exception of editorials and editors, it seems that the Louis Vuitton ready-to-wear collection will never make it off the runway. Judging from this collection, I would say that is a good thing and a bad thing.

There is no argument here that every piece that walked the runway at the Louis Vuitton show was expertly crafted in luxurious materials, fitted to perfection, and produced in a beautiful color palette of charcoals, browns, whites, and blues (with a few brighter colors sprinkled in). The problem I have is that I'm not really sure who the Louis Vuitton man is. Maybe it's as a result of the fact that nobody wears the clothes, but I can't seem to picture a personality that would wear all of these looks. Subsequently, I feel that the collection is disjointed as a whole, but that the individual pieces are beautiful.

A brown blazer (sleeves rolled up) with khaki shorts and sandals looks perfect for a casual summer job. A white suit paired with a white linen shirt and sandals would fit right in at a party in the Hamptons. A Louis Vuitton monogram meets Scott Campbell sheer short sleeved button down with washed stone colored shorts... now that looks fit for the Jersey Shore, as does a shiny blazer with a similar print.

Despite what I think of the garments, no one can deny that the accessories are a home run. In collaboration with Scott Campbell, Marc Jacobs' tattoo artist, Asian influenced etchings appear in leather bags as well as atop the original Louis Vuitton black and grey check. The check is also revamped in bright blue and green for canvas totes and carryalls. Again, sandals were the dominant choice for footwear, this time with thin leather straps criss crossing the foot in a variety of colors.

Hopefully some of the better pieces from the collection will see the light of day, but either way we all know that come spring 2011, the streets will be flooded with LV bags from the runway, whether they are being carried by a stylish summer intern in New York City, or Snooki on the Shore.

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