You've watched the live stream, now see the highlights of Louis Vuitton's S/S '17 show
Kim Jones' exploration of Africa (with a side of punk thrown in) provided the backbone of last night's Louis Vuitton S/S '17 show. Guests David Beckham, Lara Stone and Kate Moss (with beau Count Nikolai von Bismarck in tow) sat front row at the Paris show. Jones, the men's artistic director sought to evoke the spirit of Africa through the use of textured animal skins, African prints and images of wildlife like zebras and giraffes across all manner of shirts, bags, jumpers and LV monogrammed trench coats. Four of these animal prints were the result of a collaboration between the house and British artist brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman.
Of course, being Louis Vuitton, it wasn't a completely literal translation of Africa by way of safari suits and simple khaki and beige tones - Jones added an undercurrent of English punk rock to the mix. "There's always something a little London hidden somewhere," explained the men's artistic director in the show notes. "This time it is the influence of punk - albeit via Africa, where Frank Marshall's Renegades portrait series of Botswana biker gangs in heavy leather depicts the fusion of two disparate aesthetics. Add a third, the French elegance of Louis Vuitton." And so with the addition of punk rock we also saw tartan, mohair jumpers dyed to resemble animal skin, luxe LV-branded dog collars and exposed silver zippers - all which perfectly complemented the collectible-worthy assortment of cross-body bags, backpacks and trunks made over in animal hides. Given Louis Vuitton's travel heritage, it was a fitting send out for S/S '17.