Virgil Abloh’s fourth show for Louis Vuitton Men’s is upon as Paris as Fashion Week continues. Presenting the collection in what Virgil refers to as, “Ebonics/Snake Oil/The Black Box/’Mirror, Mirror’,” the prolific designer examines the “unconscious biases instilled in our collective psyche by the archaic norms of society.” The FW21 show begins with poet and musician, Saul Williams and features an energetic performance by rapper, Mos Def.
Live-streamed globally from Paris earlier today, the short-film directed by Wu Tsang begins on a snow-blanketed hillside in Switzerland. Saul Williams showcases Louis Vuitton’s latest formalwear with one of the season’s main attraction items, the chrome monogram trunk bag. The camera changes scenery as it shifts to a light-flooded room at Tennis Club de Paris with stunning green marble structures as models weave-through like commuters. The scenes in their entirety create an ode to James Baldwin’s essay, Stranger in The Village, which notes Baldwin’s experiences in a small Swiss village and later living in America as an African-American man.
Virgil emphasizes the “Art of Travel” theme with airplane figures on coat buttons, accessories with an attached “tourists vs. purists” slogan, and even models wearing small-scale models of Chicago and New York (no, not graphics, the very literal scale models). Featuring instantly recognizable tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and the skyscrapers that make up the Chicago skyline, the representation of the two metropolia highlight their cultural significance thoroughly.
Check out select looks from the show below.