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Vir­gil Abloh’s de­but col­lec­tion for Louis Vuit­ton­wasaver­i­ta­ble­who’swhoof­fash­ion world A-lis­ters, and the Ghana­ianAmer­i­can de­signer cer­tainly made a strik­ing first im­pres­sion. Pre­sent­ing a col­lec­tion that was un­de­ni­ably de­scended from his Off-White ori­gins,

Abloh’s de­signs for Louis Vuit­ton blended cut­ting-edge streetwear with high-end lux­ury, where style and prac­ti­cal­ity form an un­likely, but wel­comed, union.

Preva­lent on nearly ev­ery run­way piece were his at­ten­tion-grab­bing ac­ces­sories, uphol­stered onto his gar­ments. From tiny card hold­ers to larger bags and wal­lets, they al­most be­came sur­plus pock­ets.

In some cases, the ac­ces­sories took cen­tre stage and be­came the gar­ments them­selves. The trend plays into the

Nineties re­vival which has been gain­ing in­creas­ing trac­tion in re­cent sea­sons.

Vir­gil’s col­lec­tion also cham­pi­oned an­other Nineties trend, with mul­ti­ple tonal looks — par­tic­u­larly loosely cut tai­lor­ing — worn in head-to-toe looks in white, camel, red and pale blue: some­thing we can all take in­spi­ra­tion from for party sea­son. Wear­ing sev­eral shades of the same colour from head to toe is a fast track to el­e­vate any out­fit, as it im­me­di­ately makes you look pol­ished and pulled-to­gether. There’s some­thing qui­etly cool about sport­ing mul­ti­ple pieces in the same shade.

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