Virgil Abloh presents the men’s fall/winter 2021 collection in Paris. The starting point of the collection was the delicate question: What do you want to be when you grow up? Maybe a thought exercise we all take for granted now, when we’re children it may be the heaviest question we’re asked. Ultimately, this collection is about aspiration – a commendable ideal that at its root is is about self actualization and reaching one’s potential.
The challenge of presenting different archetypes while still presenting a cohesive seasonal collection is not a small one. Abloh did this by constructing looks with a consistent color palette. It’s a playful collection full of whimsy and exaggeration but still makes use of now Vuitton signatures: the harness and emblems of travel. Have a look at the collection below. Images courtesy of Louis Vuitton.
What do you want to be when you grow up? As children, our dreams and aspirations are personified by archetypes: the Artist, the Salesman, the Architect, the Drifter. Familiar characters in everyday society, they are inseparably defined by their uniforms: the dress codes we associate with professions, lifestyles and knowledge. From head to toe, our minds are inherently trained to outline an archetypical wardrobe to help us identify the character of an individual. Often, these characters are tied to societal presumptions of cultural background, gender, and sexuality.Virgil Abloh