The aesthetics of Louis Vuitton’s menswear past offerings have often sat uneasy with me. They’ve had their place, but that place seldom felt like it should have been under the moniker of a luxury fashion house with such pedigree. To be certain the quality was there, but the overall look could come off a little too rough-and-ready, a little too casual for my liking.
For spring 2012 Louis Vuitton promised something new, not the least because designer Kim Jones would taking the reigns as the house’s menswear Style Director. Young and well travelled, Jones has a good background having previously been the Creative Director for Alfred Dunhill; a directorship that saw Dunhill reborn.
It would appear that he’s done it again.
Louis Vuitton‘s men’s spring 2012 offering feels everything that it should given not just the fashion house it represents but the clientele it’s aimed it. It feels refined. It feels luxurious. It feels like its for the gent on the go, to whom travel on jets and yachts is by the by. So much so that Kim Jones and Louis Vuitton have something of a complete travel wardrobe offering for him. When he has his Globe Trotter or his Louis Vuitton cases packed for him it’s hard to imagine one would need to look much further afield then what feels like a very complete collection. The hot weather pieces are there in the guise of pleated shorts and turn-cuffed suits. When the night’s air cools out will come a classic take on the trench. When he’s relaxing on a Sunseeker or gliding across waves there are seemingly even more options.
Louis Vuitton’s spring 2012 menswear offering feels complete. It feels like it knows who its customer is and makes a statement of doing so. It’s understated in cut and dominant refinement. And you can see the entire collection by clicking on the thumbnails and browsing through the photo gallery.