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Louis Vuitton menswear summer 2021 goes ‘seasonless’



Louis Vuitton menswear Summer 2021 Virgil Abloh

An interesting concept from Virgil Abloh for his Louis Vuitton menswear Summer 2021 collection.

Shown in Shanghai this week, his ‘seasonless’ strategy mixes past looks with new on the same runway. “This is debuting my future format of shows,” he told WWD. “We as humans want new things, we always want to go forward; the newest, fastest, shiniest things…[But] if my collection I debuted in January I believed in, by the time it gets to July, I still believe in it. It’s not that it’s so old that it can’t be seen ever again. I’m questioning that system by proposing that my collections are all as one.” Fair play!

The new-old collection combined Seventies African tailoring and ska influences with what onlookers called out as too-close-for-comfort iterations of 3D ‘anthromorphic’ applique clothing by Antwerp fashion legend Walter van Bierendonck. (WBD wasn’t enamoured either.) Upping the playfulness were inflatable characters from his ‘Zoooom with friends’ animation (modelled above by singer-actor Kris Wu).

“We, as humans, need peace and hopefully beauty can bring us peace and positive energy,” explained Abloh. “That’s what my collection is about. It’s with all intent to showcase what’s good in the world, that which can make a kid smile and bring joy to an adult.”

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IMAGES: Kris Wu for Louis Vuitton /WWD
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Clean n serene



Studio Nicholson white jeans

Never not looking for a new pair of white jeans. Looks like something good is coming from Studio Nicholson

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IMAGE: Nick Wakeman/Studio Nicholson
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On my radar: anti-leather bags



Rue de Verneuil

I used a tote bag for the first time in months last week. Like practically everyone else, I’ve not commuted since March, so I’ve been getting by with pockets for my daily walkabout, or a compact J&M Davidson camera bag if I’m going further than the coffee shop at the end of my road.

But last week I went to meet up with a friend and needed a bigger bag for the mask-brolly-sweater gubbins I had to carry with me. And a leather tote was too heavy for the 90 minute round trip (I’m still not doing public transport). So out came my trusty canvas tote; lightweight, a decent size, and automatically imbued with a summer city-break vibe.

I put the canvas tote in the same bracket as straw totes for summer. They always signify a kind of Jane Birkin barefoot energy, especially with accompanying sunnies and stripy Mariniere. Canvas and straw bags also happen to chime with an overarching movement towards non-leather bags. Or minimal leather at least. Every luxury bag label of note seems to have a variation of a leather-trimmed canvas cross-body bag, for example, while the best totes I’ve seen are mostly canvas with a leather patch detail or pocket, or a pair of handsome handles made of tan leather.

Saint Laurent definitely got the cross-body bag* memo, while Valextra* and Loewe* tick the tote boxes. And Rue de Verneuil (above) is my latest canvas tote obsession, with dozens of varieties in style and size.

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The culture of fashion: Dior SS21 menswear ‘portrait of an artist’



Dior SS21 men Amoako Boafo

Some more menswear SS21 highlights. On the maximalist craft tip, Dior hit the top notes again with a fab collab with Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo. (See the collection video here.)

Dior’s creative director Kim Jones first met him last year during Art Basel Miami. Boafo was the artist in residence of the new Rubell Museum, opposite Dior’s fall show venue. As Jones’ artist collaborations are now a mainstay of his collections (tying in nicely with Mr Dior’s gallerist past), it made perfect sense for the two to collaborate. Jones already has a connection to Africa having grown up in the continent, while Boafo has a connection to fashion, with his fantastically wardrobed portrait sitters always dressed in attention-grabbing prints and colour combinations. (more…)