[K]im Jones made an emphatic exit from Louis Vuitton, inviting Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss to steal the show as he presented his final collection as artistic director for menswear. Whilst the presence of two of the all time great supermodels, reunited on the runway for the first time in what feels like forever, stole all the headlines, Jones’ AW18 collection was undoubtedly a high point of seven excellent years in Paris.
During that time, Jones has consistently mined LV’s travel-orientated heritage to present collections that have successfully combined history with the kind of streetwear inflections that attracted the likes of Zayn Malik and ASAP Rocky to the brand. AW18 was no different, with distinct, rock-textured patterns developed from Jones’ own aerial photographs and inspiration from watching Rodeo in Wyoming both seeping into a collection that featured streamlined 2018 silhouettes – a far slimmer fit than the oversized styles we’ve become accustomed to in recent seasons.
Metallic jackets and trousers, skin-tight patterned leggings and long-sleeved t-shirts, a ‘LOUIS’ American Football jersey, flashes of bright, bright orange, and (this season’s essential) hiking boots were all built into a collection that effortlessly channeled travel and modernity. For all the Louis Vuitton man’s streetwise flourishes, there remains the sense of an intrepid explorer within.
Then came Kate and Naomi, in matching monogrammed macs, hand-in-hand with Jones as he enjoyed a final LV standing ovation before embarking on his next adventure (at Versace or Burberry it seems).