Will There Be A Louis Vuitton x OFF-WHITE Collaboration In 2018?
As Virgil Abloh is named menswear director for LV, can we expect a Louis Vuitton x OFF-WHITE collaboration to follow for 2018?
At the beginning of last week, Louis Vuitton broke out some news that shook the streetwear world, OFF-WHITE’s mastermind, Virgil Abloh, was appointed as the French prestige label’s artistic director for menswear. The news immediately went viral as the world congratulated the wunderkind. At the same time, industry insiders and journalists have begun exploring what it would mean to the world of streetwear. Here we will be looking at what we expect to see in terms of collections and how a phenomenal streetwear designer could establish statement-making styles in the French heritage house.
Louis Vuitton’s move with Abloh made the headline because it symbolised a new era where two sides of the spectrum will grow closer together, streetwear and premium fashion. In addition to it, Abloh is the first African American that has ever made it as a leading designer in a French premium fashion house in history. The doors are opened to better diversity and potentially greater creativity, which many would agree that it’s a good sign in unifying people of various backgrounds in the industry.
Having worked with celebrities like Kanye West, Abloh has always been a stayer in modern streetwear. That explains why many of us absolutely cannot wait to see his first collection with Louis Vuittion. There are certainly many possibilities as of where his debut collection would go, but one thing that we are mostly positive about is, there will be plenty of mixing and matching of traditional and contemporary concepts. LV’s brand aesthetic and Abloh’s personal style pretty much stand for two ends of the spectrum. The designer assures the world that at his latest position, he is set to “establish a new vocabulary, that’s youthful, modern, but at the same time, hinged on the past.” Are we getting the best of two worlds? Wait and see.
Design-wise when we talk about the Paris-based designer brand, the emblematic motif ‘Monogram’ always comes to mind almost instantly. For Abloh, it is his everything in ‘Quotes’ stamp that really speaks for his attitude. Now as the two brands collide, many are guessing the designer will largely incorporate the use of quotation marks in the French label’s future products. So we reckon “LV” could be well underway, but we are talking about one of the most well-recognised creative minds here, everything is possible.
Undeniably Abloh is a pivotal designer in the current streetwear scene, not only because of his art, but also his wide connections and wowing power in negotiating collaboration deals with Nike, Champion and the likes. Therefore besides the hybrid styles, we are also rooting for more collaborations in Abloh’s presence. The former men’s artistic director of LV, Kim Jones, has led the brand on a well sought-after collaboration with the Supreme x Louis Vuitton collection in 2017. People have their hopes high, thus opinions are still quite polarised in regards to Abloh’s takeover. Will he be capable of continuing the legacy and creating the next legend? Only time will tell.
So should we be looking forward to a Louis Vuitton x OFF-WHITE collab? Rumor has it that it could be real. A photo that featured OFF-WHITE’s signature black-and-white diagonal stripes and LV’s logo was leaked on social media last September, hinting that a collab could be on the way. Although there’s no official announcements made so far, now we could be one step closer to it. If the collab is happening for real, we believe that many fans out there are looking for symbolic pieces that can genuinely give off the ‘runway meets the streets’ vibe.
With the designer’s background in collaborating with Nike on “The Ten” project where ten iconic sneakers received revamps, new renditions of LV’s present sneaker models might be something that we could anticipate. Like LV’s very own Rivoli sneaker, which more or less resembles the Swoosh’s Air Force 1 High, we suggest that Abloh’s input would most likely deliver a touch of his unique aesthetic with the brand’s moniker embossed on the evergreen silhouette. It is probable that the designer’s experience from working with sports veterans could offer LV’s sneakers greater comfort as well, such as more breathable uppers and better midsole cushioning.
The yellow industrial belt that is almost synonymous to the brand name could be another critical element to be introduced. OFF-WHITE has already proven how versatile it is – a belt with extended length could serve as a eye-catcher to spice up any formal attire or streetwear combinations. Compare to the existing belt designs of LV, although the standard length makes them a perfect fit for many outfits, an extra metre could help the accessory go a long way in new fashion. The idea of industrial belt x LV monogram is actually tempting.
We are now on a two-month countdown to seeing Abloh’s debut collection at LV. Will this turn the page for the premium French label? Stay tuned.