Tokyo Meets Paris: Louis Vuitton – Men’s Fall/Winter 2012

 

Kim Jones’ city warriors don kimono silk suits, felt berets, and silver toe/heel capped shoes in the latest offering from Louis Vuitton. The Fall/Winter 2012 Men’s Collection finds inspiration in a bizarre acid trip medley of pop influences that include 1970s illustrator Antonio Lopez, 1980s Japanese fashion, and the music of Giorgio Moroder.

FW12 is quickly being dubbed the year of the suit.  Don’t think that we’ve seen alpha males like these since Wall Street or American Psycho. The sleek fitted tailoring in luxurious fabrics makes give the LV man a look power. Not quite the Russian killers from Viktor & Rolf FW12 mind you, think more along the suited up gentlemen from Hurts

Milan was all about subtle shades of eggplant, camel, and burgundy on grey with pops of blues and reds and oversized scarves. It’s only natural that some of this would carryover into Paris.  Louis Vuitton, an excellent example of said trends, also incorporated Parisian and Japanese elements into the collection by way of military khakis, fur-trimmed jackets, titanium mesh sunglasses, and silver arrow pins seen throughout. As they say, every silver lining has a cloud and that cloud had to be the gaudy PARIS and TOKYO belts as well as the cumbersome single-handled carryalls that kept bouncing off the models’ legs down the catwalk.  Suits not your thing? Killer crocodile totes, lush zig-zag robes, and the coziest blanket coats should do the trick.  Loving Louis Vuitton under 2011 Menswear BFA Winner Kim Jones.

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