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Kanye West Cries Front Row At Virgil Abloh’s First Louis Vuitton Show

This most recent Louis Vuitton fashion show at Men’s Paris Fashion Week was a monumental one in terms of the hype building up around the show regarding Virgil Abloh, creator of Off-White, and his first collection as the head artistic director of Louis Vuitton. This was a monumental moment in fashion itself as Virgil is the first African American artistic director of the famous Paris fashion house and one of the few to be a leading influence at the level he is at. What Virgil has been able to accomplish in what seems like just a couple years time from his beginnings with his brand Pyrex Vision to Off-White to his collection with Nike it seems that Virgil has almost reached the pinnacle. To Virgil Abloh though I believe he cares more about just spreading the culture that he was brought up into this industry in.

Virgil Abloh and Kanye West have known each other and have been close creative partners since the early 2000s. Virgil has worked on a lot of different projects with Kanye before ultimately breaking off to step out of Kanye’s shadow, not necessarily creatively but Virgil wanted to make a name for himself. Virgil did this by creating his brand Pyrex Vision back in 2012 which was his first venture into the world of high fashion. Pyrex Vision consisted mostly of screen printing onto Champion blanks and old Ralph Lauren flannels, not exactly revolutionary, but Virgil was able to charge upwards of 500 dollars for the pieces and they would sell. Virgil eventually folded the brand and started Off-White with a crew of Italian streetwear aficionados. Off-White would pick up right where Pyrex Vision left off charging astronomical prices for mostly screen printed streetwear. But Off-White would grow into a Nike collaboration and establish it as one of the most sought-after brands in streetwear today. This would ultimately be Virgil’s foot in the door when it came to breaking into the world of high fashion houses like Louis Vuitton.

Now during Men’s Paris Fashion Week everyone patiently waiting to see what Virgil would do with his introductory show as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton. Virgil showcased to the world and to everyone in attendance a beautiful gradient painted pavement runway outdoors in a garden in Paris. Virgil really delivered when it came to the overall presentation of the environment around the garments. But the garments and accessories were nothing like Louis Vuitton has ever had before from transparent gradient rainbow luggage to ceramic white chains draped over the models and as straps for the luggage. After having various streetwear icons and celebrities from the likes of Kid Cudi, Playboi Carti, Blondey McCoy and A$AP Nast you can really tell that this show was all about the culture that Virgil Abloh came from. That is why Kanye, seated front row, when Virgil walked out at the end got so emotional. Kanye was able to see one of his very close friends and collaborators not only ascend to the pinnacle of fashion for African Americans today but was able to be a part of it with his new album being played during the show. Kanye has been skeptical of Virgil leaving his side and branching out in becoming one of today’s fashion moguls but he’s finally been able to come to terms with it in this most recent embrace at the end of Virgil’s very first show as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton.

Rare Sneakers Take the Forefront at Milan Men’s Fashion Week

It’s no secret that when it comes to men’s fashion today footwear, especially sneakers, have a huge impact on the culture today. From designers like Virgil Abloh reimagining ten of Nike’s classic sneakers, which many of them eclipse the thousand dollar price range on the second-hand market, to him becoming the head artistic director to Louis Vuitton, the two worlds are merging. The world of rare sneakers and streetwear coming side by side to become just as coveted as high-end designer clothing just proves how much the culture is shifting. This change has been made clear in many recent fashion weeks by just observing what the crowd and models are wearing on their feet. This most recent Milan Men’s Fashion Week was no different for you could have seen a plethora of rare sought after sneakers on the feet of attendees and models.

This most recent Milan Men’s Fashion Week you were able to witness not just sought after sneakers from brands like Nike and Adidas but also from designer brands like Louis Vuitton and Dior. The fact that you are able to see designers like Raf Simons and Alexander Wang collaborating on sneakers with Adidas just shows that fashion is bridging the gap between the street and the high end. But also with high-end designer brands coming out with stylish almost sport-inspired sneakers like the Louis Vuitton Archlight, you can really observe the true influence of sneakers on fashion.

Sneakers in fashion today is something that doesn’t just bring together fans of streetwear and fans of high-end fashion but brings together two different generations of those who enjoy fashion. You see many important designers and artists today you have a strong connection to Jordan Brand and their classic retro sneakers. You can see the artistic director of Dior Kim Jones constantly in exclusive Jordans not just from his friend Virgil Abloh but rare collabs like the Jordan Fragment One. You may also see the inspiration that Jordan has had on other designers for their own sneakers. You can see this inspiration in many forms whether it is Yves Saint Laurent’s high-top court sneaker that takes many cues from the Jordan One shape and classic colorways to Fear of God’s Jerry Lorenzo taking many similar points of inspiration into his Basketball sneaker.

Whether many in the world of high fashion want to believe it or not the culture is shifting. It is shifting in a way that displays subcultures like sneakerheads taking a major lead when it comes to their inspiration on the world of fashion. Whether it be that these old school sneakerheads are the ones that are influencing high fashion today or that high fashion designers are just taking cues from this culture who has people lining up every week for a pair of shoes just based on their exclusivity. There is something satisfying to many if you have a pair of shoes that the person next to you on the street wasn’t able to acquire not because of the price tag but because you simply worked harder and you can see this at this most recent Milan Men’s Fashion Week and you will see it at many fashion weeks to come.

Louis Vuitton Names New Men’s Wear Designer: Virgil Abloh. What Does it Mean For the Future?

Enter Virgil Abloh. Known previously as the founder of the haute streetwear label Off-White, as well as the creative director for Kanye West’s previous fashion output, Virgil Abloh now has a new claim to fame: the first African-American artistic director for Louis Vuitton.

Virgil Abloh, aged 37, is a first-generation Ghanian-American from Illinois and is now making the move to Paris to be closer to the luxury brand. Abloh’s previous work perfectly encapsulated celebrity, music, digital and hype in a way unlike any previous Men’s Wear designers at Louis Vuitton.

Abloh has no formal fashion training, but he was, however, taught the ins and outs of fashion by his mother, who was a seamstress and taught him her trade. He further increased the scope of his designs by studying architecture and civil engineering, creating a unique style that is wholly his own.

In regards to the opportunity, Abloh had the following to say:

“This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams. And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start.”

Abloh’s place in the company is part of a men’s wear shake-up for Louis Vuitton, with Abloh taking the place of his predecessor, Kim Jones, who has gone on to become the men’s designer for Christian Dior, in turn taking the place of his predecessor Kris van Assche.

Michael Burke, the chief executive of Louis Vuitton, had the following to say about Virgil Abloh: “Virgil is incredibly good at creating bridges between the classic and the zeitgeist of the moment,” quite the compliment indeed.

It will be very interesting to see where Abloh can take Men’s Wear at Louis Vuitton. Will he continue in the same vein as his predecessor? Or will he take the more likely scenario of injecting his own sensibilities and styles into the brand? We are excited to find out!

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Dior confirms Kim Jones as new menswear director

The British designer Kim Jones was announced as the new artistic director of Dior Homme, just two months after he has stepped down from the menswear line of Louis Vuitton. He will be replacing Kris Van Assche, who was in the position for 11 years.

The new decision to hire Jones will be part of the first of major decisions by Pietro Beccari, chief executive of Christian Dior Couture, who joined the brand from Fendi in November.

“I am delighted to welcome Kim Jones at Dior Homme,” Mr. Beccari said in a statement, adding that Mr. Jones would “create an elegant men’s wardrobe both classic and anchored in contemporary culture.”

“I am confident that he will continue to further develop Dior Homme on a global scale,” Mr. Beccari added.

“I am deeply honored to join the house of Dior, a symbol of the ultimate elegance,” Mr. Jones said. “I am committed to create a modern and innovative male silhouette built upon the unique legacy of the house.”

Kim Jones leaving Louis Vuitton

Kim Jones will be leaving Louis Vuitton and vacating the role as artistic director of menswear after the Fall 2018 catwalk show on Thursday. The French label announced this, finally closing the months of speculation but bringing up more questions about where he will likely end up.

Jones is a graduate from Central Saint Martins who founded his own menswear line in London only to close it back in 2008 to become the creative director of Dunhill, then Louis Vuitton. He held the title at Louis Vuitton for seven years, and he is the fifth major designer to leave his job in the last six weeks along with Phoebe Philo from Céline and Jonathan Saunders from Diane von Furstenberg.

“These houses are under tremendous pressure to be right on the money of what certain generations want,” Michael Hainey, the executive director of editorial for Esquire magazine, said. “He showed just how you can take something that’s got a fantastic heritage and still do something very modern with it.”

Jones was widely applauded but also sometimes criticized for refreshing the Vuitton menswear line for much younger generations. He mixed house’s travel heritage with a more street-friendly style.

In a statement, Michael Burke, chairman and chief of Louis Vuitton, gave credit to Jones for some of the brand’s most successful collaborations:

“It has been a huge privilege to work with Kim. His ability to set trends is impeccable, and his talent and determination have ensured that Louis Vuitton is firmly placed as the leading brand in luxury men’s wear today. All of us who have been fortunate to work with Kim wish him continued success in his next venture.”

Burke did not announce a predecessor in the statement but said one will come in due time.

Luxury brands step up their game with custom clothes

In recent news, a handful of luxury brands have been adding a new tool to their clothing, which is allowing customers to personalize their recent purchases. Brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry, Gucci and Louis Vuitton are taking part in the new idea with more brands to follow in the near future.

At the new Polo store in London, they have a whole floor dedicated to customization involving items like embroidered patches and monogrammed blazers. Similar ideas are occurring at other luxury stores. At Tommy Hilfiger, shoppers can customize any item in the store. At Burberry, they make it possible to monogram a scarf. Gucci lets you apply designs to jackets. Louis Vuitton allows customers to initial luggage.

According to a research study done by Deloitte, one out of three consumers were interested in personalized products, and 71 percent of them were ready to pay a premium for the addition. Around 15 percent of the survey takers were willing to pay a 40 percent increase in price for such customization.

Tammy Smulders, global managing director of Havas LuxHub (the media group’s division dedicated to fashion, luxury and lifestyle business), commented on specialization:

“Luxury consumers are increasingly expecting products that feel special and distinctive to them, such as monogrammed iPhone cases from Chaos Fashion. Equally, brands are using technology and data to segment their customers and provide the right kinds of products, services and brand communication.”

Technology will continue to drive this trend, according to José Neves, founder and CEO of online retailer Farfetch:

“Customization will be the next revolution in luxury. We wanted to find a way of offering luxury and bespoke products to an audience that’s increasingly knowledgeable about style and quality.”

Deloitte’s research shows that the labels who don’t end up using such elements risk losing revenue and customer loyalty. “Brands are transforming how they interact with current and future customers to provide personalized brand experiences that make people feel special,” says Smulders.

Luxury brands are being forced to take notice of the number of consumers willing to spend extra money to customize clothes, and they must begin to explore the on-demand aspect of personalization.

Varsity jackets are back

Varsity jackets were the best thing to happen for a while until we got overfilled with them. But recently with the weather coming back, there seems to be a drive for people to bring back iconic outwear, which is making a surprisingly major comeback. With that being said one of the outwear piece that is standing out is the varsity jacket.

Those sporting the varsity jacket once more are some of the biggest superstar names. The likes of David Beckham and John Legend have been spotted bringing the hot trend back again. A varsity jacket is a good staple piece to finish off the right look.

David Beckham was spotted wearing a flashy Louis Vuitton blue varsity jacket with some sleek white sleeves. The Louis Vuitton logo was prominently displayed on the chest and left arm. The jacket may quite well be out of most people’s price range, costing around $2,700. But there is no doubt this jacket has sparked in interest in many to brush the dust off of their own varsity jacket sitting in the closet or even go out and by a newer one.

With David Beckham being more of a standout with his jacket, John Legend quietly did the opposite. Legend was seen moving around with a black/gray/white varsity jacket that was missing a standout branding mark on it, but with upon further investigation, it was clear the jacket was Saint Laurent.

A good varsity jacket can take a nice outfit into a great outfit. With the year being 2017 most of the jackets are very colorful and are easy to match with anyone’s personal style taste.  A varsity jacket is sporty, preppy, collegiate, and has a relaxed feel to it.  The jackets can range from some of the cheapest to some of the expensive depending on the color scheme, look, and brand, but there is always a varsity jacket out there for everyone. There is a reason why the varsity jacket can make countless comebacks without ever going out of style.

Strangest Items Adorned with the LV Monogram

So it looks like another strange item will be getting the LV pattern treatment. Louis Vuitton along with famed designer Karl Lagerfeld will be celebrating the iconic monogram by releasing a collection of outlandishly expensive luggage and accessories. Along with the collection, all made in the same pattern, LV will also be showcasing a $175,000 monogram punching bag. The package will include punching bag and matching case. So here at FashionMR, we decided to celebrate the famous monogram pattern in our own way; by scouring the Internet for the strangest items bedazzled with the LV pattern.

For the full story and info on all the items and the inspiration behind the new LV collection (not the odd LV items), check it out at Harper’s Bazaar.

Louis Vuitton Watch Case

The object of desire for the time being is the eight-watch case by Louis Vuitton. An essential trunk for collectors who often travel all over the globe. It is an excellent safe guard that easily goes from safe to suitcase, and has a removable tray to hide other valuables.
This luxuriously soft leather case is crafted with the fashion house’s famous monogram, and fits up to eight different watches.

Via Louis Vuitton
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The the Louis Vuitton passport case

Now that we are officially in the spring season the weather is starting to get warmer, the sun is shining brighter and staying out longer so we are bound to travel a lot more. Where to go is a decision left for another day. While there are thousands of places to visit, it just has to be imagined and planned and realized. But when we travel, how do we travel? Light, heavy, stylish? Do we dress for the environment when we leave or do we just put on our most comfortable pair of pants, shorts and a t-shirt? That usually depends on why we travel and where we are heading. The one item that almost always goes with us is our passport. Sometimes packed inside some thrifty convenient carry case or bag if that even happens. Usually it’s stuffed in our pants or shorts pockets being mauled every time a step is taken or we decide to sit. It might as well be put through a grinder by the time we leave the airport.

Well for the start of travel season we found a perfect and stylish solution to your ID carrying needs. It’s the Louis Vuitton Passport Cover. It’s the go-to piece for anything you need to travel with. Having dimensions of roughly five and a half inches by four inches it has the size you want to carry what you need. With enough space for your passport and three credit card slots you virtually do not need anything else. Available with around ten different options including their Damier Infini leather with a cowhide leather interior to grained calf leather linings and various color combinations that include their cream and gray checkered design as well as their brown and gold checkered patterns and their infamous LV logo. They are able to be customized with Initials and patterns to give that personal touch of comfort and enjoyment of knowing it is yours. When you are paying anywhere between $320 and $550 to carry your passport, credit cards and plane tickets that cover can end up costing more than the actual plane ticket itself. A truly unique item for the modern and trendy on the move, it will show a sense of style when you gladly show it to the flight attendant as you board and take your first class seat. The main difference is your airline ticket will only get you there and back once while your passport case will always take you around the world in style.