Luxury house LOUIS VUITTON unveiled its Spring/Summer 2023 menswear collection, which celebrates imagination, creativity, craftsmanship and showmanship, on June 23, as part of the ongoing Paris Fashion Week. The brand’s Men’s Ready-to-Wear Studio designed the collection which explores how childish fantasies come to life. The collection transforms the symbols of childhood through the know-how of the House. It plays with shrunken and oversized dimensions, inspired by the idea of a grown-up or outdated wardrobe, and it also nods to the dress code of the 1990s skateboarding community. The iconography originates playground origami paper planes, building block beads, plasticine textures and tones, cartoon prints and sandbox tool embellishments.
MEN’S SPRING SUMMER 2023 COLLECTIONS
“A component par excellence of Louis Vuitton’s genetics, French romanticism permeates the collection. Fields of flowers – the eternal image of harmony in diversity – adorn clothing through impressionist paintings transformed into tapestries and prints, while depictions of thistles appear in multiple fabric weaves, prints and embroidery. A symbol of resilience and healing folklorically used to overcome difficult situations, the pungent flower motifs also nod to the décor of Louis Vuitton’s ancestral home in Asnières where thistles often appear in bouquets. The delicate floral paintings found in the ceilings of the same residence echo the cornices that define the palatial interiors of Parisian architecture. Manifestation of our childhood dreams – fairy tales, majesty, fantasy – these moldings adorn suits and molded leather bags, and feature in delicate lace garments. In homage to Paris, a photomontage bringing together elements of the city and the House – the Pont Neuf, the Damier motif, the cornices of the interiors – runs through the collection.
Accessomorphosis workwear is interpreted with oversized shearling multi-pockets in solid colors. The aprons appear in bonded monogram canvas as intermediate pieces. The monogram or monogram-embossed leather belts are adorned with rhinestones and enamel LV buckles enhanced with thistles, while the matte leather belts feature molded metal buckles. Biker jackets appear graphically overdone as a nod to 1980s music video tropes. Cargo uniforms morph into garments foreign to their original function: like pants turned into floor-length work skirts, and a jumpsuit transformed into a full dress in dyed canvas. Cartoon prints pay homage to a classic childhood trope and are hand painted onto a technical canvas windbreaker. Suits and coats in crackle-effect patent leather are created from lacquered crust bases.” by Louis Vuitton