The Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2023 collection took to the runway on the 23rd June during Paris Menswear Fashion Week at the famous Parisian landmark, the Louvre. The models walked out following a performance from a marching band at the very beginning, walking around a high platform and curved yellow runway for what was possibly marking the end of late designer Virgil Abloh's era. The collection was very modern and sporty, filled with soft pastel shades that were juxtaposed by vibrancy also in other attires and of course, the tailoring was very strong and full of impact. Have a watch of the full collection below, before we analyse some of the pieces in closer detail.
We already included the shirt and trousers look featuring this delicate floral print in our blog post covering some of the opening runways from Paris Menswear Fashion Week, so the tailored jacket with its structural lines would make this print even more significant. The jacket itself was designed with short notch lapels to create a longer front, with the chest welt pocket and flapped pockets near the bottom blending into the artwork well. The padded shoulders are almost running straight across the top, the rounded shoulders softening this line whilst still delivering in height and stance. The centre front curves round smoothly to the hem which doesn't deter from the continued floral design in the garment underneath. The perfect styling of the mid-green roll neck jumper underneath to pick out the green of the print is sublime.
Keeping the tailoring subtle but the finishing very unique was a theme that was consistent throughout the collection, and this look was one of those that really enhanced that. The model sported a soft light blue two-piece suit with the notch lapels quite wide yet short. The shoulders were padded and draped down to over the natural shoulder position. The chest welt pocket was angled and the flapped pockets sitting straight near the bottom; but what was very interesting was the contrast in hem finishes on the jacket itself. The body's hem was curved leading into a straight line, whilst the sleeves were hemmed with a jagged finish. The shirt underneath also included that jagged hem, whilst the shirt's cuffs were the opposite. It was a very good balance between the two, showing how such small details can make a piece even more defined, particularly with such a light colour cloth.
From light blues to soft lilacs, the prints continued to vary from artistic to classic designs commonly seen in tailoring. What is quite lovely about these particular two looks is how the purple check seems to bleed like watercolour paints, with the 'LV' fonts added in a few places on the two-piece suit. Again, the short notch lapels are the choice on the first jacket with a rather busy buttoned front down the centre, but only one purple button fastening it together. The welt and flapped pockets are pattern matching, whilst the shoulders are nicely tailored and smooth to echo the gentle pattern itself. The long coat in the second look also includes the same pockets; but wide peak lapels are the feature of choice on the front to take this watercolour check pattern from gentle to powerful.
Tailoring is like art, and the Louis Vuitton collection encapsulated this certainly in this particular look. The two-piece suit was constructed from a plain black cloth with a short body in the jacket, a six-button front and peak lapels that are noticeably sharp. In a way, the sharpness of the peak lapels are echoed through the sharp lines and points of the paper aeroplanes scattered around the look. It's like a classic black evening suit has been modernised and transformed, with the white shirt collar looking like it has been tied into an paper bird. The tailored lines of course are crisp; but the sharpness of the whole suit is not to go unmissed.
The unique collar tie on the shirts was definitely a common detail seen throughout the collection, as is evident from the attires above, with the last one being a particular stand-out piece. The model took to the runway wearing a long white coat which fell to mid-calf length. The coat itself was completed with wide notch lapels and a three-button front with the classic welt and flapped pockets situated on the front also. This length was definitely an apt choice in order for the large embroidered flowers and bird motifs to be on show as it was worn. The same colours were included on the shirt and loose-leg trousers; but the embroidery enlarged specific segments for the colours and patterns to really be noticed, the details taken in and observed by the crowd as they are meant to be.
What was your favourite look from the collection, or indeed, your favourite detail from the show? There was such a cool variety on this runway, it's hard to pick just one! If you've missed any of the latest runways, check out our recent blog posts below for more fashion inspiration:
- More Fashion from Paris Menswear Fashion Week S/S23
- The Beginning of Paris Menswear Fashion Week S/S23
- Milan Menswear Fashion Week S/S23: The Highlights
- London Fashion Week June 2022: The Overview
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