"The idea was a digital bohemian, someone who travels in his mind and takes free imaginary trips when he wishes."
- Paul Helbers, Louis Vuitton men's studio director.
another very promising and thoroughly exciting season to look forward to for this particular LV fan. never one to follow trends or a particular scene, Paul Helbers has done another one of his signature totally-disparate-but-it-somehow-works references for Spring 2011. this season it is a heady mix of high-tech sportswear, militaria and Scandinavian knits all tied together with a heavy mix of the oriental by way of Chinese zodiac and tribal tattoos by master tattoo artist Scott Campbell. as for the bags, there are three distinct "lines" and a couple pieces of what could be considered the "Les Extraordinaires" for men.
first up, is what appears to be a new (semi?) permanent collection - based on the number of bags that were shown. i can't quite pinpoint what sort of material these bags are, but im thinking some sort of rubberized linen or maybe natural coated canvas faintly printed with the LV monogram pattern. it comes in two colours: khaki and beige; with coordinating tri-colour leather handles and trims in khaki, olive and brown:
another collection is a brand new interpretation of their classic Damier pattern done in nylon à la Prada tessuto in graphite, sage green and sky blue. i really like these very sporty-casual collection of bags. and im particulary attracted to the green Damier with the complementing chocolate brown leather trims.
it looks like Bequia leather is making another comeback in 2011, but in a more softer and buffed treatment:
the odd one out: could this be a new Waterproof Keepall? but this time, they have used a Damier patterned translucent vinyl material reminiscent to Monogram Ambre and Epi Plage from past Cruise collections.
now to what i consider the men's Les Extraordinaires:
Marc Jacobs' acclaimed NYC tattoo artist Scott Campbell has been asked to design a new pattern for the runway leathergoods and RTW based on oriental iconography and tribal paterns incorporating the LV monogram. these were also applied on the models temporary tattoos. hmmm... i wonder if these will also be commercialized like Chanel did this season.
i have a thing for scarves and these surely got my attention:
i particulary want the cashmere looking one on the left.
i have been poring over all the runway photos provided by GQ all afternoon trying to decide which ones i like and which ones i truly wish to have. so without further ado, here are my top 3:
this tattooed Damier Graphite Speedy-Keepall showcases a fiery Chinese unicorn to great effect. i just hope this won't leave a huge burned out hole in my wallet >.<
i love LV's archival graphics and the drab vintagey material that i can't comprehend just got to me.
but of all the bags on show, i think this is the one i can see myself getting the most use out of. the shape to me is practical with very manageable proportions, and the handles seem long enough to allow shoulder carry option. the bag is juuuuuust right. though sky blue is ok, i think i prefer it in graphite but green could be nice too.
it would nice to have all three of my choices make it to commercial production. im just keeping my fingers crossed my dwindling bank balance won't suffer too much.
the six-month long anticipation commences in 3..... 2.....