Retrospective: The Louis Vuitton Man by Kim Jones

For 7 years, British designer Kim Jones has been toiling in making the Louis Vuitton man relevant. Silky bomber jackets, Supreme belt bags, and chokers for men, it sure was an illustrious and dynamic direction. As we bid him farewell, here are some noteworthy looks he sent down the runway.

1. Spring’12

His maiden show, S/S 2012, was a huge success and set the tone for the rest of his direction. With a mix of casual yet still dressed-up clothing and accessories always with an undertone of travel and wanderlust, he had introduced a whole new LV Homme.

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2. Fall’12

You don’t really go to Louis Vuitton if you’re looking for a three-piece suit. That was before Jones crafted this very dapper, very tailored look. I guess he’s not British for nothing.

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3. Spring’16

This was one of his most detailed collections with a whole new interpretation and combinations of embroidered cranes from Japan, birds of paradise prints from Indonesia and the red silk Hawaiian shirts. Posted incessantly on Instagram, and copied poorly by fast fashion houses, this collection was a millennial hit.

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4. Fall’17

One of the most successful and talked about collaborations last year was between Supreme and LV which broke all records on the runway. In partnering with the street style giant, Louis Vuitton just earned a few more street cred.

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5. Fall’18

For his ultimate show, Jones did not disappoint. From the cool rendering of the LV monogram as prints, long jackets in blood orange and camel hues, as well as pops of neon accessories, it was a good summary of the Louis Vuitton man as seen by Kim Jones: buttoned-up but not austere, learned, cultured but still youthful, and très, très chic.

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Who do you think is replacing him? Answer us in the comments!

 

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