July 12, 2012

Louis Vuitton’s seductive sailors


Set in the chiaroscuro of Halle Freyssinet in Paris, this season’s Louis Vuitton show sailed the high seas. Artistic director Kim Jones’ presented a line-up of sailors in sophisticated looks and sportswear. With slicked back locks, the models oozed casual elegance in everything from silk seersucker blazers to neoprene wetsuits with neon detail.

In this collection, classic sailing garb is revisited with panache, from the laser-cut windbreaker and leather life vest to the electric yellow oilskin, oversized ditty bag, and updated sou’wester. At other moments the Louis Vuitton man is a seafaring adventurer wearing bermudas in worn denim patchwork, a nod to the Japanese art of boro.

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