Virgil Abloh kicks off 2021 with his Fall-Winter Menswear show. With the usual pre-pandemic runway-style fashion shows halted, this was a chance for Virgil Abloh and his team to create artistry with broader storytelling and cinematic camera angles. He has exceeded expectations with many labelling this as his best collection yet.
The show, titled ‘Ebonics’, proudly flaunts Abloh’s roots as a black man who has succeeded in the upper echelons of fashion. Powerful poetry is featured in the collection that parallels the poetry recited by Amanda Gorman for the Inauguration. Whether by sheer coincidence or meticulous planning, Abloh’s collection bodes even more meaningful as a result of this. The main narrative of the show was to break down barriers and inspire the youth to be fearless in their pursuit of greatness.
Abloh explores the idea of ‘tourist vs purist’, challenging people’s social perceptions when it comes to the outsiders and insiders of culture. The collection features a Billie Eilish-esque monogram LV holdall, draped in neon green, with the word ‘tourist’ emblazoned across the side.
The least commercial pieces focussed further on the idea of travel with three-dimensional New York and Paris skyscrapers fashioned onto the model’s torsos. Past experience in architecture will have inspired these conspicuous outfits. Alongside this was the ‘Airplane-Keepall’. A leather bag in the shape of an aeroplane, with the classic LV monogram. A youthful twist on a simple design, Abloh is tipping his hat off to better times when the world can travel freely once more.
Emerald green features most prominently in this collection. Given recent trends of neon green outfits, I would not be surprised if other brands take note of the heavy amounts of Emerald green used by Louis Vuitton and replicate this trend. We could be seeing more emerald green casualwear this coming spring and summer.