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Fashion Louis Vuitton Takes Its Spring 2021 Men’s Show From Paris To China And Japan

Louis Vuitton Takes Its Spring 2021 Men’s Show From Paris To China And Japan

US fashion designer Virgil Abloh acknowledges the audience at the end of the presentation of Louis Vuitton's creation during the men's spring/summer 2020 fashion collection on June 20, 2019 in Paris. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)
Virgil Abloh at the Louis Vuitton men's spring/summer 2020 fashion collection on June 20, 2019 in Paris. (Image: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP)
By AFP
July 15, 2020
Virgil Abloh said the spring 2021 collection will be unveiled in Shanghai on August 6 and in Japan afterwards

Louis Vuitton is taking its men's fashion collections on the road for the first time, the luxury brand said Friday, with shows in China and Japan rather than Paris.

The label's American designer Virgil Abloh said the spring 2021 collection will be unveiled in Shanghai on August 6 and in Tokyo afterwards.

Both will be open to the general public and will be livestreamed, he added.

 

(Related: Louis Vuitton Unveils the LV² Collaboration Between Virgil Abloh and Japanese Designer Nigo)

The announcement came after Abloh made a mixed live-action and animated film for Paris men's fashion week, which is being held online for the first time because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Message in a Bottle, the first in a series of teaser films, shows a character called "Zoooom" and his friends packing up crates at Vuitton's headquarters on the edge of the French capital and putting them on a barge on the River Seine before waving them off on their journey to the Far East. 

The collection was unveiled in a fashion film on July 10, on the Louis Vuitton’s official website as well as its official social media channels. 

Asia is becoming luxury brands' most important market, with China alone likely to account for nearly half of sales by 2025, according to some estimates.

Abloh, the first black American creative director of a top French fashion house, also revealed that he was making a push toward greater sustainability in Vuitton's collections. 

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Abloh, who also founded the streetwear label Off-White, said this would involve both recycling, upcycling and even "recycling of existing ideas for new creations".

"This next show is probably the biggest leap that I've made in terms of proposing a new system, how it lives and operates," he told the industry bible, Women's Wear Daily.

The fashion industry has been thrown into turmoil by the coronavirus, with designers questioning how it operates, the frenetic calendar of seasonal collections and even catwalk shows themselves.

Paris men's fashion week ends Monday, with the avant-garde Chinese designer Sean Suen showing Friday alongside big hitters Dries Van Noten and the American Rick Owens.

(Related: A Visual Fashion Diary: Dana Cheong Attends The Louis Vuitton Cruise 2020 Show)

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