For the well-known luxury brand’s SS15 collection, Louis Vuitton’s men’s style director Kim Jones gathered inspiration from Rajasthan – a northwestern corner of India. Giving traditional Indian aesthetics a contemporary twist through his use of embellished, opulent fabrics to create an array of pieces resembling a combination of military and sporty styles, along with complementary accessories and luggage – including an eye-catching guitar case.
Classic Louis Vuitton tailoring can be spotted in the double-breasted suits and in the military straight-leg, crisp khakis, whose complete ensemble gave an air of 70s nostalgia by the usage of Indian turban fabrics for the shirts. The “V” Karakoram motif is present through obvious prints while some are found neatly embroidered in colorful zig-zag patterns, because what’s Louis without its embellished trademark?
However, the stand out pieces were the pilot flight suits and bomber jackets – a look that’s going through a major revival as of late. It’s a classic look that’s become the modern it-wear for men today. Luggage includes trunks, a desktop case, guitar case, record case, and a music composer’s case, along with the newly launched V bag collection which uses the classic LV monogram in reverse as its print.
Kim Jones dedicated the collection to his mentor and former professor Louise Wilson OBE who was the course director of the MA program at Central Saint Martins until her untimely passing earlier this year. Jones said of her,
“The one thing with Louise is she was always there. In tough situations I always think, ‘what would Louise do?’ She was so strong, I thought she would always be around.
Louise, thank you for everything. I will miss your words of wisdom and friendship immensely.”