Ebonics / Snake Oil / The Black Box / Mirror, Mirror - VIRGIL ABLOH'S PRESENTATION: "Peculiar Contrast, Perfect Light" - LOUIS VUITTON, MEN'S FALL/WINTER 2021

Ebonics / Snake Oil / The Black Box / Mirror, Mirror - VIRGIL ABLOH'S PRESENTATION: "Peculiar Contrast, Perfect Light" - LOUIS VUITTON, MEN'S FALL/WINTER 2021
I'll admit it, I haven't been one to follow Virgil Abloh all that closely.
I once saw him play a set in a club in Tokyo and he caught my attention for a moment when Louis Vuitton announced that he was their new Artistic Director for Men's Wear a few years ago.
I just never really liked Off-White and I have never dived into the seas of the streetwear world. But today, something compelled me to scroll through the HYPEBEAST Instagram feed and that's where I saw a preview of Louis Vuitton's latest Men's FW2021 collection. I was instantly attracted and I had to see more.

I found the full presentation and watched it - twice. 

It has been an incredibly long time since a show made me feel a certain way. The music, the malachite green, the chrome, the voices of Saul Williams, Yasiin Bey (who is also known as Mos Def) and Kai-Isaiah Jamal, the casting, the movement, the message - it was all so powerful and so beautiful. It's the type of show that you can watch over and over and take something new from it every time. 

Virgil, you've got my attention.

I've screen-shot some of my favourite moments from the online presentation available for viewing at Louis Vuitton and I urge you to take a moment to appreciate the show for yourself.
 




 
Credits:
Louis Vuitton presented the Fall-Winter 2021 Collection by Virgil Abloh in Paris on January, 21st.
A film by Virgil Abloh and ‘Moved by the Motion’
Film directed by Wu Tsang
Director of Photography: Benoît Debbie
Show Creative Director and Performance Choreography by Josh Johnson
Story adapted by Sophia Al Maria
Movement direction by Tosh Basco
Dramaturgy and Scenography by Kandis Williams
MUSIC:
Original Film Score and Show Music Direction by Asma Maroof
Louis Vuitton Musical Direction by Benji B
Music Guest Stars: yasiin bey & Saul Williams
Saxophone & Flute: Tapiwa Svosve
Cello & Piano: Patrick Belaga
Drums: Mathieu Edward
Harp: Ahya Simone
Additional Music Production by Daniel Pineda
Additional poetry by Kai-Isaiah Jamal
Show Concept & Scenic Design: PLAYLAB
Creative Agency: Be Good Studios
Hair: Guido Palau
Make-Up: Ammy Drammeh
Graphic Design: Studio Temp
Art Direction & Research: Mahfuz Sultan & Chloe Sultan
Fashion Show Production: La Mode en Images
Fashion Services by KCD
Casting by Samuel Ellis Scheinman, Piergiorgio Del Moro; assisted by Arthur Mejean.
‘Moved by the Motion’ Managed by Nadja Rangel at Outofocus Management 

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