Travelling With Louis Vuitton – Spring/Summer 2012

A big show for Louis Vuitton as many in the fashion world were curious to see what the collaborative efforts of 14-year LV veteran Artistic Director, Marc Jacobs and freshman Style Director, Kim Jones would produce.  Former Creative Director for Dunhill, Jones joined LV four months ago and at the time, one could have only speculated as to the potential creative chemistry between these two fashion heavyweights.  It could have gone either way really, the result however is praiseworthy.

Whether by plane, train, automobile, or boat, the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection is designed with the posh jet-set business traveler in mind.  One who likes to mix business with unostentatious pleasure and the odd philanthropic mission to Africa.  Uncharacteristically wearable when compared to some of the bizarre creations to come out of Paris this week, Louis Vuitton’s Mad Men office/nautical/safari/cocktail-themed pieces were subtle enough to not overwhelm and luxurious enough to scream Louis Vuitton.  Classic fitted two-button suits in a range of neutrals worked well with some of the best leather footwear to come out of this Paris this week.  LV scores major points for their cream sweater (third in photo below), signature quilted jackets, and bold red and blue checks.  Printed dress shirts and bold stripes are on trend for SS12 and do I even need to mention the leather bags?  One of the best collections of Paris Fashion Week SS12.

Louis Vuitton SS12


Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 – Men’s Top 20 Picks

Paris FW11 Top 20

Below is a list of the It’s All Style To Me Top 20 Picks (semi-alphabetical order) from the FW11 Men’s Collections Paris Fashion Week, January 19-23, 2011:

1) Acne – Jeans, Boots, and Mash-up Destination Themed Printed Shirts

2) Dior Homme – Jagged Neckline Sweaters

3) Dries Van Noten – Fur-lined Sports Jackets and Coats

4) Louis Vuitton – Motel Red Accessories (Glasses, Scarves, Bags)

5) Louis Vuitton – Belted Knit Herringbone Cardigan and Orange Gloves

6) Hermès – Chunky “H” Knit Turtleneck in Mustard Yellow or Baby Blue

7) Jean Paul Gaultier – Black, Grey, and Gold Quilted Leather Motorcycle Pants

8) Jean Paul Gaultier – Black James Bond Tuxedo

9) Paul Smith – Light Knit Cardigans and Offset Duffel Coat

10) Junya Watanabe – Nordic/Fair Isle Print Sports Jackets

11) Mr. by Roland Mouret – Single Centre Pleated Pants

12) Mugler – Padded Pants

13) John Galliano – Entire Suit Collection and Silk Scarves

14) Viktor & Rolf – Check Patterned Suit

15) Raf Simons – Patterned Sweaters

16) Yigal Azrouël – Knit Sweaters and Cardigans

17) Kenzo – High Waisted Pants and Patterned Sweaters and Sweater Vests

18) Lanvin – Loose Knit V-Necked Sweater, Slim Fit Pants, Shoes

19) Maison Martin Margiela – Outerwear

20) Yves Saint Laurent – Check Plaid Suits, Pants, and Jackets

Louis Vuitton Men’s Collection Fall/Winter 2011

Louis Vuitton’s fashion show was one oxygen mask wielding Dennis Hopper short of a spot on a David Lynch DVD Box Set.  Sedate models in monochromatic ensembles marched up and down the runway, to a film noir soundtrack featuring Roy Orbison’s In Dreams, Ricky Nelson’s Lonesome Town, and Kris Jensen’s Torture.

More fur, more velvets, more clutches, more belted coats, more utility belts, and more of the vermilion or motel reds in what are becoming the hallmarks of the FW11 season.  Fourteen years in as Creative Director and Marc Jacobs proves once again why he is the high priest of this luxury brand.  High waist pants, luxurious coats, velvet pants, cool motel red framed sunglasses, beautiful tanned gloves, and fitted belt cinched suits dominate the FW11 collection.  The highlight of the show were the men’s bags and luggage, which looked suspiciously similar in style to Prada FW11.  There was an almost Samurai-ish thick belted cardigan which may have been the most original I’ve seen in a long time.  The bold red pants and suit may be a bit much, but the colour worked great as an accent in the glasses, jacket, or scarf.  Finally, there was a black velvet LV monogrammed sports jacket and light fur jacket that are making me consider robbing a bank.

Louis Vuitton FW11

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