As fashion weeks are coming up in different cities in the world, whether virtual or physical, Louis Vuitton‘s menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh has unveiled a new collection for Autumn/Winter 2021 titled ‘E B O N I C S‘. The show was broadcasted virtually.
Virgil Abloh has been in vogue for a good few years now as a fashion designer, followed by big personalities, he has proven his place in the fashion world. Originally from Illinois with Ghanaian parents, Virgil had no fashion experience when he started his career.
Founder of the Off-White brand and artistic director for the French fashion house Louis Vuitton since 2018, he entered the fashion world in 2009 by doing an internship with the Italian luxury brand Fendi.
During this internship, he worked with international rapper Kanye West who helped him to make a name in the fashion industry and create his own brand ‘Off-White’, since then, he has become one of the most followed designer worldwide.
For this collection, Virgil found his inspiration in a book written by James Baldwin, Stranger In The Village. This novel is a story about James’s own experience as the only African American man in a small Swiss village.
Designer Abloh chose to base his new collection on this novel because he wants to put forward black men even more in fashion industry. Most of the male models are black men. Traveling was also a theme for this collection. Because of the pandemic, traveling has been complicated so Virgil integrated certain items such as travel bags and airplanes buttons into the show to take us on a journey.
When it comes to the actual outfits, they are true pieces of art. Virgil Abloh has once again made fashion part of modern culture. You can see some pictures below of a few of the items that came out for the 2021 Autumn Winter collection.
There are many big fur coats as well as the classic Louis Vuitton print on the bags. The collection is a mix of classic business menswear, street fashion and Virgil also added some touches of his own Ghanaian origins.
This collection has Ghanaian Kente features which make Abloh’s creations stand out even more. Although there are various styles, they all work once assembled together. Virgil thinks out of the box and said: “dress codes shouldn’t be associated with the genetic make-up of certain human beings“.