Kim Jones Releases a Louis Vuitton Mens Spring Summer 2017 Inspired by Travel.
Artistic director Kim Jones debuted Louis Vuitton’s men’s SS17 collection in Paris in an enclosed but exposed setting with modern, structural beams and ancient, artisanal columns. The latest collection was inspired by Africa. With several recent visits to South Africa, Jones exclaimed that he found South Africa stylistically and culturally interesting, while also revealing that there is a punk vibe occurring in Africa in this moment.
Jones experimented with intricately detailed textile treatments and the combination of skins, animal prints and the richness of African culture. While the collection was primarily inspired by Africa, Jones was sure to include references alluding to the punk aesthetic of London, while returning to the French elegance of Louis Vuitton. The men’s SS17 collection of Louis Vuitton excelled in reintroducing punk in a modern way. The collection was critically acclaimed as possibly the best collection of Kim Jones under Louis Vuitton in his career.
The collection featured crocodile embossed garments, including cropped jackets and long trench coats. Also featured in these silhouettes for added textural interest was monogrammed transparent rubber. Monogrammed button down, silk shirts dressed the models underneath precisely tailored suiting. Sketched animal motifs made appearances throughout accessories and collection pieces. Leather pants with zips and straps reminded the audience of the subtle, but present punk references. Mohair accented these references as well in forms of sleeveless sweaters, boldly printed sweaters, and handbags and luggage trunks.
The collection remained neutral in its color tones and hues, with the inclusion of camel and eggshell. Windowpane checks dressed slimly tailored pants. African zigzag prints dressed an array of garments alluding once again to the empowering influence of South Africa. The exotic combinations and styling created by Kim Jones proved successful in its ability to encapsulate and portray three different worlds present in one creative’s mind. The presence of South Africa, London and France influences merged together to form one of the most aesthetically appealing collections of this season. The collection encapsulated and possessed inspired designs that proved to elevate Louis Vuitton to new standards.
See the images below for a few of our favorite looks from Louis Vuitton Mens Spring Summer 2017.