延續時代寶藏 路易威登推出新LV²系列/ Rebuild the Legacy, Louis Vuitton unveiled LV2 Collection
法國時裝品牌路易威登又發表了LV² 系列，這個系列延續了男裝藝術總監Virgil Abloh與Human Made創辦人Nigo之間的創作火花，並透過文化交織後的完美創作展現在時裝上。來自日本的Nigo，他的時尚歷程充斥著他深厚的文化底蘊；例如是BAPE的創辦人、Billionaire Boys的共同創辦人，以及Human Made 的品牌創辦人。 他之所以能夠在時尚產業站穩腳步，無非就是他以特定地域特質審視西方男士衣著風格的獨特觀點。
Although time moves forward mercilessly, the golden age will not pass away. Just like the 1950s and 1960s were the eras when the Western economy has drastically grown up. In that era, apart from James Dean, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, and the Beat Generation opened a new chapter in literature. Therefore, many designers continue to trace their design inspiration back to the 50s. In addition to paying tribute to that remarkable ear, it may also be to find the rare elements that can compose a new chapter from history traces.
For Pre-Spring 2022, Louis Vuitton launches its second LV2 collection "Louis Vuitton squared" continuing the creative conversation between Men's Artistic Director Virgil Abloh™ and Nigo®, the founder of the label Human Made. He also formerly founded the brand BAPE, and co-founded the brand Billionaire Boys Club. Why can he stand firmly in the industry? It's because of the inherent tapestry of his fashion upbringing and the geo-specific gaze on the Western men's wardrobe instilled in him from boyhood.
Through the eyes of Nigo®, classic Louis Vuitton bag designs integrate Japanese elements, such as a cruiser bag with a small scarf knotting detail informed by furoshiki wrapping cloths; similarly, a large summer tote features a folded construction on the side. A cross-body bag morphs into the image of a duck, highlighting the playful spirit of the collection likewise expressed in artisanal enamel jewellery pieces with silver finishing.
Here, rings, earrings, tie clips, brooches, and keyrings manifest in the images of the duck, tiger and heart, while a crystal necklace and a Cuban chain bracelet with the LV2 logo cement the shared and squared premise of the creative dialogue.
LV2 cross-pollinates a Western 1950s and '60s' tailoring silhouette with a Japanese sensibility. Garments and accessories native to sartorial tropes, military icons and traditional costume are observed through a decidedly formalised lens, consistently imbuing the casual with a heightened elegance.
These pieces central to the classic men's wardrobe splice with the properties of kimonos: the belt of a navy wool coat nods at the obi, a tailored jacket in striped Monogram features a wrap structure, and shirting is infused with kimono codes. Instinctively, this cultural cross-pollination intersects with the travel territory of Louis Vuitton. The process sees the classic Damier pattern mutate into a post-stamp likeness, exercised on a red and white shirt, a fleece jacket, and detachable jersey sleeves.
Men's fashion in the early years may not have various styles as it is now, but as the same beginning said, "Although time moves forward mercilessly, the golden age will not pass away." Therefore, through different cultures. No matter how parallel the lines are, the creative sparks between the backgrounds can weave a beautiful scene. In the same way, the fashion industry is full of crazy ideas from all walks of life, but only after real exchanges can new horizons be developed.