When the voice of Chic musician and producer Nile Rodgers opens your show, then moves to a soundtrack of funked-up beats (including a clever sample of Madonna's 'Like a Virgin'), you know the mood is going to be light. Louis Vuitton's artistic director of menswear, Kim Jones, has spoken about his love of sportswear and Tokyo - and you could see the seeds of inspiration sprouting in his embroidered satin bomber jackets and men's workwear-esque shapes that appeared throughout last night's presentation.
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Sure, East meets West is by no means an original concept, but Jones managed to find a fresh way to execute his ideas in a collection that stuck to Americana shades of navy, red and white while referencing exotic Asian birds on silk Hawaiian shirts and those highly covetable bombers. Bold, assured and bursting with playful vision, it's a collection that even had audience member Marianne Faithfull sitting up and taking notice.
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