For spring and summer 2014, the Louis Vuitton man was indulging in the time-honored tradition of the West Coast American road trip, men's studio and style director Kim Jones and artistic director Marc Jacobs explained in the show notes.
"The collection is really about the freedom of the road and that freedom itself being luxurious,” Jones says in the notes. “The clothing should have that do-what-you-want attitude. It’s a road trip drawing on elements of classic American culture from clothes, music to souvenirs. It’s the changing environment from city to forest to desert, that journey in a day from snow-covered mountains to cacti in the desert that you can only really seem to have in America. Like the radio you listen to as you travel through the states.”
Based on what we can suss out from the show photos, that inspiration took to the runway in the form of a motorcycle-meets-letterman-jacket silhouette; some versions sporting a bold, tufted V logo on the left breast (awarded for lettering in runway, perhaps?), others a stylized yacht-club-meets-semaphore flag logo. (The other iconic jacket of the American rebel -- the denim jacket -- was also in evidence.)
Suits, shorts, shirts and light outerwear pieces were served up in a plethora of plaids and outsized paisley patchworks, much of it in blues and grays.
From we stand on the horizon, it feels like one of the most relaxed and laid-back Louis Vuitton collections in quite some time.
And though we don't know where, exactly, he's coming from, it's clear the Louis Vuitton man is still on the move -- and for next spring, he's headed in this direction.
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