• Text Fabien Kruszelnicki
  • 16th January 2014

Future Travel

Based on ideas of digital travel (the floor was a hand-painted aerial map), Matrix-esque sunglasses covered the eyes of Louis Vuitton’s newest voyager, shading them from the harsh light of day after being perma-fixed to a computer screen.

The cobalt blue bag from the show was available to buy immediately online and, unlike other ‘buy from the catwalk’ shows, this piece of FW14 happiness can arrive in your hands in only a few days. Louis Vuitton is switched on to the massive importance of thinking digitally, and the new demands of a global, connected audience.

The show began: free flowing coats hung over shoulders and beautiful, softly structured wool trouser-pants transported us to a relaxed other-life, living from a five star hotel suite.

Everything was effortless, fluid, sharp but unrestrictive – menswear so often confuses smart with stiff, this was the perfect example of a modern man actually living, breathing his wardrobe.

A silver duffle bag punctuated the show – it was based on an old telescope the designer, Kim Jones, had found on his travels. It lent a hyper-futuristic tinge to a contemporary collection that was both modern and highly tactile. Jackets made from ‘extreme vicuña’ (just the under-chin wool of the rare animal) made pieces luxurious as ever, and Jones’ masterful touch with materials was ever-present.