Tyler, the creator, trainer of Virgil Abloh 2
Virgil Abloh’s latest Louis Vuitton show certainly deserves more than one look.
That’s the sentiment the luxury house itself has put forward, at least, and we’re okay with it, if only to see Tyler, the creator, who oversaw the show’s soundtrack , gliding happily across the set on a monogrammed bicycle.
After the first presentation of Abloh’s Fall/Winter 2022 LV men’s collection in the early afternoon of January 20, the French house held a second presentation later in the day, reaffirming its deep admiration for its late artistic director. .
All of the same looks and clothes were shown, reiterating high-volume statement pieces and shedding new light on more subtle elements that might have escaped the first round.
It became more apparent, for example, how often Abloh used those jubilant floral designs in FW22, revealing the vivid print to infuse into jackets, shirts and wide-leg jean panels.
Welcome revelations like these only make you appreciate the deal even more.
Doubly when you return to Abloh’s first Louis Vuitton show – not that that last show is betterin and of itself, but it really underscores the growth that Abloh and his team have undertaken over the past three years (has it only been three years?!).
The now-familiar shades felt so foreign back then, even though we hadn’t even witnessed Abloh’s hat-fixing or his playful post-workwear riffs.
However, Louis Vuitton FW22 was no loop Abloh. Abloh didn’t design like that, with logical stops and starts.
Like the staircase the models walked during the Louis Vuitton FW22 presentation, Abloh’s practice has only swelled over time, incorporating new inspirations, inclinations, ideas.
Although the collection was partially completed by Abloh’s remaining LV creative team, it still speaks to the far reaches of its imagination. Even with this latest offering, we can still say that Abloh was still growing as a designer.
Look down for proof.
There were a few new kicks on the track, including a very retro basketball sneaker that seemed to hybridize 90s basketball sneakers like Ewing and the Air Jordan 8.
Elsewhere, an updated LV Trainer nods to the large LV 408 sneaker that Abloh originally designed for the house.
Full circle? No, a fresh start.