Virgil Abloh outdid himself for his second collection as Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton Men's. For the Fall/Winter 2019 show titled "There was only one," the designer thought of every aspect outside of the runway and incorporated it into the guest experience in addition to presenting an eye-popping collection.
Firstly, the invitations were an ode to the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. White gloves with crystal studs in a clear packaging were sent out. The seating cards for the actual show were also designed to correlate to the show with a variety of pieces including a grocery bag, pizza menu, voter registration card, Louis Vuitton store receipt and more.
Then you have the show leading up to the show and the set. Taking place on a stage designed to look like the Lower East Side, you have a flashing "Don't Walk" sign, barbershop and corner bodega with metal gates, a thrown out piano and garbage on the streets. MJ's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" sets the mood before we get a saxophone solo in front of a wall with Futura's tag on it, foreshadowing the artist's involvement later on. As the show opens, Futura starts his work on a metal gate and MX-00's "Destiny" plays.
For the collection itself, Abloh lives up to all expectations with oversized jackets and blazers, cargo pants that have a military yet sophisticated look to them as well as sweaters encrusted with diamonds and accessories. The accessories in this collection, some inspired by the color palette used in Off-White pieces, are out of this world both in terms of sheer size and in execution. Everything from the glowing sneakers and Keepall Monograms to the tiny belt pouches, scarves, and shiny gloves fit with the theme. The inclusion of multiple countries' flags were also a nice touch and shares the message of togetherness.
Finally, walking out of an alley in Off-White x BAPE Bapesta sneakers in a black and white colorway at the end of the show was Virgil's icing on the cake. Take a look at the photos (Alessandro Lucioni/gorunway.com) and full video below for all the intricate details.