A Closer Look at Louis Vuitton Spring 2016 Menswear Collection

While travelling leaves most of us only memories, Louis Vuitton men’s artistic director Kim Jones took it more than just visiting different countries but a facet of treasure-full of inspirations for his next collection then coming back to Paris for Louis Vuitton.

Last year in Myanmar, Jones came across a tribe whose handmade costumes (loosely cut and bearing dynamic stripes) brought to mind modern streetwear and a whiff of the Eighties hip-hop scene. More recently in Japan, he discovered Kobe leather—named after the pampered cows that produce that prized melt-in-your mouth beef.

“It takes months and months to make,” Jones said during a preview, showing off chic flight jackets in the textured skin, dyed indigo blue. “It has to dry in the sun—and it’s been raining in Japan.”

Jones dappled exotic prints and embroideries, mainly plucked from Southeast Asia, across traditional Ivy League silhouettes, yielding a youth-infused collection—but one made from the most precious of materials.

He hit on souvenir jackets, also sending out sweatshirt versions and similar pajama sets decorated with birds of paradise, magnificent cranes and mischievous monkeys lodged in bamboo.

This season, the Louis Vuitton Men’s collection is a celebration of the similarities in a global style rather than its differences. Both transposing and transforming traditional and contemporary dress codes from Thailand’s Lahu tribe to America’s Ivy League, the Louis Vuitton collection playfully takes its place as part of that pantheon, and that global language of fashion.

Nile Rodgers made the music for the show, introducing it in a showbizzy "put your hands together" way. But that fitted with the flash and shine of the clothes as Kim Jones takes us to his universe, where rich details, tradition and craftsmanship are paired with technical innovation adapted to the modern travelling elite.

Take a closer look and watch from the front row glasshouse at Parc André-Citröen, Paris:

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Spotted at the Louis Vuitton Spring 2016 menswear show were Kanye West, Zayn Malik and Joe Jonas.

Chinese singer and actor Boran Jing

French cellist Gautier Capuçon

Japanese actor and singer Haruma Miura

actor and model Jérémie Laheurte

actor Will Peltz

Thai model and actor Mario Maurer

In the Philippines, Louis Vuitton is located at the Ground Floor Greenbelt 4, 1200 Makati City.

Photos: © Louis Vuitton / Matthieu Dortomb; © Bertrand Rindoff / Getty Images

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