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VIRGIL AIN'T DONE YET: Louis Vuitton's Pre-Fall 2022 Menswear Collection
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Louis Vuitton
14.12.2021
Louis Vuitton's pre-fall 2022 menswear collection
Louis Vuitton's pre-fall 2022 menswear collection
Louis Vuitton's pre-fall 2022 menswear collection
Louis Vuitton's pre-fall 2022 menswear collection
Louis Vuitton's pre-fall 2022 menswear collection
Louis Vuitton's pre-fall 2022 menswear collection
Louis Vuitton's pre-fall 2022 menswear collection
Louis Vuitton's pre-fall 2022 menswear collection
Louis Vuitton's pre-fall 2022 menswear collection
Louis Vuitton's pre-fall 2022 menswear collection
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Virgil Abloh’s passing in November at the age of 41 came so abruptly that talking about his last designs – and even trying to flip his current stock on the secondary market – would be as good as sinning. But those who have any inkling about the man and the designer would readily acknowledge that he would never derail fashion plans for personal reasons (yes and that includes death). Louis Vuitton had already went ahead with a fashion show in Miami, renamed as Virgil Was Here, shortly after news broke of his passing. This scheduled release of the pre-fall 2022 lookbook is a pre-planned roll-out that the fashion house has acknowledged was created and prepped for media release prior to the bad news. And you’re probably asking, “Is this his final collection for Louis Vuitton?” The short answer is no, though even insiders don’t know as to what extent his final designs have been developed (though rumours are the fall 2022 collection is near completion and will be shown next January). That said, feast on this pre-fall 2022 line-up that acts as a palette cleanser of sorts as well as a link to Abloh’s next (or final) release for the Parisian fashion house. Abloh once again obsesses over the boyhood theme, toying with pop colours, graffiti art (attributed to Milan-based tattooist Ghusto Leon), and collages. Several signature elements re-appear in this collection such as oversized Cuban chains, sky-like colourways, embroidery of childlike scribbles, and a mash-up between Louis Vuitton monograms and paisley prints. One interesting design to take note of is his version of beekeeping-esque headwear, adding to a uniform that was launched in spring-summer 2020. Although not a new sight in fashion (Kenzo launched several versions for spring-summer 2021), the LV monograms and pop colours do add clout to this fit that you can expect Kid Cudi to be experimenting with in the near future. Lastly, Abloh left a nugget about this collection that ought to get you pondering: "What makes menswear? Boys do."

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