Virgil Abloh kicked off his second year at Louis Vuitton with a collection centered on the working man. Inspired by commuters in business centers across the world, Abloh produced slim business suits cracked with slits and rain jackets that resembled pieces from Arc’Teryx, an outdoor brand for the Fall/Winter 2020 collection. Although a suede shearling collared coat covered in LV’s signature monogram is difficult to envision on the everyman, Abloh once again tweaked everyday garments to make them desirable and luxurious. For instance, a blue collared shirt is embellished with crystal droplets to resemble a businessman caught in a light snow shower. A pair of dress shoes with rubber Nike Air Trainer-esque straps, straddle the line between formal and casual workplace attire. Although he presented this collection before the pandemic shuttered the world economy, the designs have aged well—considering that having an office job right now feels like a luxury in itself. 

Now four seasons in, Abloh also introduced his first collaboration at Louis Vuitton by teaming up with NIGO® for the LV² collection. Inspired by both ‘60s British mod culture and 2000s streetwear, the collaboration highlights Abloh’s ability to showcase the house's tailoring capabilities while maintaining a subcultural flair. The capsule includes Derby shoes, woolen suits, and denim jackets along with leather goods that mix the brand’s iconic Damier Check and Monogram patterns. According to an interview with i-D Magazine, the drippy motifs seen throughout the collection are a direct reference to Pharrell’s Ice Cream brand. Despite what you may have heard, streetwear isn’t dead at Louis Vuitton, it’s evolving.—Lei Takanashi