Three collections in, it’s clear that Pharrell is having a love affair with the iconic Louis Vuitton Speedy. The seasoned creative, now in his groove, presented his menswear collection for Louis Vuitton yesterday, and like the ones that came before, it embraced clear thematic elements.
Pharrell is a force in fashion, and his vision for Louis Vuitton is one of community and collaboration.
The overall theme of the Fall 2024 collection is the iconography of American Western dressing, explored through the lens of Pharrell and how his vision relates to the Maison’s core DNA. The origins of workwear are explored, and deeper inspiration comes from the Maison’s commitment to a creative dialogue with other artisans.
The Art of Collaboration
Collaboration and creative exchange are at the heart of the Maison as a whole, but particularly Louis Vuitton Men’s. Ready-to-wear embodies this practice, representing a meeting of the minds; pieces are a creative interpretation of our most familiar wardrobe staples.
Denim is emblazoned with pearl-and-sequin floral embroideries, washed in gunmetal hues, and printed in western florals. This season, classic tailoring is explored through a country lens, showcasing country-western themes like fringe and embroidery.
The collection also sees a collaboration of American work boots in partnership with Timberland. Elevated versions of the storied shoe are presented with the savoir-faire of the Maison’s Italian factories. An extremely limited-edition design in gold LV Monogram with eyelets and pendants will surely delight collectors.
Back to the Bags
Making a splash during his first collection, Pharrell continues to explore the iconic Speedy in new and interesting ways. This season, there are distinct odes to Western themes, like fringe and intricated laser-cut leather. While new forms are also explored: a studded saddle bag, the Samur, the Steamer, and more.
Damoflage is further explored this season alongside a Damier-infused Buffalo Check Canvas and LV Giant Monogram. Other notable bags are a nubuck croc Speedy bag and Steamer bags, which have been hand-painted in silver Monogram crocodile.
View bags from the runway below, images via Louis Vuitton.