Virgil Abloh also cited inclusivity as a major point in this Fall 2019 show—his second for Louis Vuitton. He began with tailoring—different iterations of it—by way of grey on grey looks. A precisely cut pair of trousers on one ensemble while another had a slouchy jacket on. They implied that tailoring, despite its origins in exclusivity, is open and reachable to all and that whichever way one interprets it is valid enough to be on a major luxury house’s runway. The more streetwise looks started with hints of metallic, monochromatic scarf-printed sets of separates, and a stand-out leather jacket in the brand’s iconic monogram. Part of Abloh’s inclusive narrative was also globalization, which helped close the show. The parade of patchwork pieces of flags of countries that the people in the Louis Vuitton atelier came from was a stunning message of hope, unity, and harmony in a time when fashion serves as an escape from an increasingly divisive and divided world.
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