May 14, 2018 | By Sidney Morgan-Petro
Paris: For his debut as men’s style director of Louis Vuitton, Kim Jones used his sartorial skills (garnered at previous seasons with Dunhill) for a collection that artfully mixed different types of heritage. The inspiration was patrician-American photographer Peter Beard and his many excursions to the Plateau Continent — a self-referential focus since Jones himself was born and raised in East Africa. Models marched out of larger-than-life LV steamer trunks in a globe-trotting collection full of slick jet-set staples electrified by African touches that looked like they’d been plucked out of a Kinshasa market. The brilliant fusion of traditional tailoring clothing with sun-faded awning stripes, rugged safari gear and bold tribal plaids (a red taken from Masai tribal dress and fused with LV checks) made for a collection rich in dimension and authenticity. —Michael Fisher
Color: Khaki / Blue / Red / Olive / Grey / Ivory
Key Items: Safari jackets / Quilted outerwear / Trench coats / Box plaid shirts and shorts / Awning stripe shirts / High-waisted tailored shorts / Two-button blazers / Cuffed chinos / Checkerboard intarsia sweaters
Materials: Cotton twill / Silk Mohair / Wax-coated linen / Exotic skins / Nubuck leather
Details + Trim: Flat quilted surfaces / Cargo pockets / Pleats / Stand collar / Packable outerwear
Accessories + Footwear: Knapsacks / Luggage / Fringed box plaid scarves / Canvas + Leather weekenders / Sandals / Aviators
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