We're only two days into the menswear shows in Paris, and Virgil Abloh will likely be subject of industry fodder for the rest of fashion week. The designer made his debut as the creative director of Louis Vuitton on Thursday with a packed audience filled with front-row celebrities, friends — we're still getting over that emotional hug with Kanye West — and thousands of admiring design students.
Known for constantly sharing his work in progress with his followers on social media, Abloh shared a few of his designs ahead of the runway show. (Louis Vuitton's Instagram page also posted some photos of the anticipated Spring 2019 collection.) The quick glimpses were mainly accessories, including sneakers, bags, jewelry and sunglasses, adding more fuel to the hype surrounding the French house's new hire.
Riding the wave of Louis Vuitton's Supreme collaboration, Abloh remixed the luxury brand's signature duffle bags in white, a holographic hue, transparent green and a buttery camel color — each adorned with matching porcelain-like chains. Some fashion-meets-tech accessories were also spotted on the runway, like garter bags, backpacks, chest packs, utility belts and vests adorned with ample zipper pockets.
With previous Off-White collaborations with Sunglass Hut and Warby Parker, Abloh made sure to include a new style of sunglasses. Inspired by Pharrell Williams and Nigo (of A Bathing Ape fame), the square-shaped frames were embellished with an LV-monogram motif. Jewelry was similar to the bags' chain details, as models wore short-length chain necklaces and friendship bracelets. For footwear, Abloh presented a handful of choices, including high-top sneakers (one reminiscent of Air Jordans; the other similar to a heavy-sole boot, but with a pointed toe, straps and a gilded LV logo), a classic low trainer and a dress shoe in white with bright neon laces.
As reviews on Abloh's debut are still trickling in, we won't know for sure how much of a success his collection is until it hits the salesroom floor. Though, we have a feeling the accessories will likely become best-sellers among retailers.
In the gallery below, see a close-up look at Abloh's first collection of sneakers and accessories for Louis Vuitton.
Plus, see the entire Louis Vuitton Spring 2019 collection in the gallery below.