ICYMI: Check out Virgil Abloh’s 2019 Summer Collection for Louis Vuitton

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Virgil Abloh was the subject of industry fodder at the just concluded  menswear show in Paris 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 and thousands of admiring design students.

Known for constantly sharing his work in progress with his followers on social media, the Ghanaian-American fashion designer who’s been the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear collection shared a few of his designs ahead of the runway show.

(Louis Vuitton  and I also posted some photos of the Spring 2019 collection Instagram and Twitter.)

They were mainly accessories, including sneakers, bags, jewelry and sunglasses.

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.

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