Take elements like the vegetation of Pacific islands and the unstructured tailoring from parts of Hong Kong and modernize it with athleisure and streetwear, and you get what Kim Jones has created for Louis Vuitton Spring 2018 menswear collection. The collection was inspired by a book titled, Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will, Jones said. “I was inspired by the idea of an island and of travel — of moving easily from place to place and experiencing these different pockets of civilization…It’s that multicultural, sort of subtropical vibe. I wanted something quite sporty, but I wanted the tailoring to be relaxed and the sportswear to be quite fitted and smart.”
What really stood out were the vibrant tropical prints on short-sleeve shirts that were hard to miss on the runway. These along with strappy LV branded socks and sandal combos were also right on trend, and perhaps made more sense than heavy soled creepers for an island getaway. Neoprene scuba pants were paired with crisp dress shirts and suit jackets. While suit trousers were paired with fitted neoprene tops. And just in case the tropical theme didn’t hit home, Jones also used a beachy color palette of ocean blues, green, coral, and red, mixed with neutrals such as black, gray, white, brown and olive.
The jackets came in a wide array of styles, from technical pullovers and raincoats to light weight bomber jackets and trench coats. “Every single thing has the DNA of travel put inside it, so you have these really light jackets. They do have to work in the real world and we’re very much about authenticity here,” said Jones.” The abbreviated LV logo was replaced this season with “Louis Vuitton” written out across Hawaiian shirts. There were also denim bucket hats, safety buckle belts, and fanny packs, among other essential travel accessories like hip flasks and shot glasses.
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