Back in November, as the holiday season was just starting to ramp up, the fashion world, along with the rest of the world, was stunned to learn of Virgil Abloh’s passing. Ever the visionary, he was known, among other things, for making the exclusive inclusive, creating work that was part art, part fashion. All the while, he paved the way for those who would come after him. He left in his wake, a legacy that won’t soon be forgotten, and back in December with the brand’s pre-fall collection, we got a glimpse into Abloh’s final vision at Louis Vuitton, and today, the closing chapter is here.
“I’m not looking towards a new demographic. I’m looking towards the demographic I came from.” -Virgil Abloh
Yesterday in Paris, fashion’s most celebrated stars, editors, and more gathered to celebrate the final legacy of Virgil Abloh as Louis Vuitton presented his posthumous Fall 2022 collection. His 8th, and final collection for the brand, dubbed In the Grand Scheme of Things, is full of the iconic codes that Abloh helped implement during his time at Louis Vuitton. It was never just about the clothes for Abloh; rather, he sought to explore the human values which permeate within how we dress ourselves. Alboh believed that social, cultural, and political signifiers are used to implement change beyond just the scope of fashion. It’s that imaginative spirit that drove this collection. Collection 8 serves as the final piece of Abloh’s vision, and though his vision ended way too soon, it was and will remain nothing short of sensational.
So much can be said about the pieces that walked the runway in collection 8, but we’ll stick to the bags. Louis Vuitton’s classic Monogram is reinvented in a dizzying blurry pattern, seen atop silhouettes whose shapes are also skewed with distorted lines meant to embody the surrealism of the collection. Flowers have been a code used by Abloh in past collections, said to have been meant to symbolize human diversity, and in collection 8, they appear once again. Bouquet bags with three-dimensional leather flowers imitate an actual bouquet from a florist, complete with a florist’s sticker labels. Many of the bags feel otherwordly and dreamy, like the semi-transparent Damier bags that alternate PVC and leather in mini-Monogram and bags that distort the classic Damier pattern to create an optical illusion. Get a look at some of the magical bags from the collection below, and discover more via Louis Vuitton.Look 1 Looks 2 & 3