Fit for an African King

Paris…Louis Vuitton

Paul Helbers, the men’s designer behind Louis Vuitton, looked towards the ideal wardrobe of a traveling king from Africa for his F/W 09/10 collection. However, after peeling away the layers of influences, it was clear that an undercurrent of luxurious tailoring and sportswear was really the core of his aesthetic. With an overall color palette matching a bright night sky (lots of midnight blues, dusk blacks and charcoal greys), a much-needed dose of boldness was provided in the form of a rusty red on trims like footwear and scarves.  The fur vest, usually reserved for flamboyant characters, looked masculine and appropriate when styled with a tonal sweater, knit cap and chunky scarf. Helbers played around a lot with the regal freedom of a multitude of layers and textures, qualities that always up the quotient on luxury.


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