The new spring/Summer 2012 lookbook for Louis Vuitton has recently been released, showcasing Kim Jones; talent for smartly designed and wearable separates. His autumn/winter collection previewed last month was inspired by turn of the century naval and military uniforms, however this season’s lookbook shows safari-inspired garments, with some sportswear references and spring suiting. If you follow FashionBeans, you will be aware of the current trend for safari and African printed apparel – and this collection is right on the money.
Lightweight outerwear in beige and mustard is complimented by chinos, white shirts and gladiator sandals. Tailored shorts will bring the look into spring/summer and a lighter colour palette avoids the more obvious safari references. The white trouser is another key piece from this collection, and is steadily becoming an essential for the modern sartorial gent. In the lookbook they are shown with both a muted striped sweater and beige blazer, highlighting the versatility of the garment.
Jones also features spring denim alternatives, with light-chambray trousers and board shorts providing a welcome departure from heavier autumn jeans styles – the shorts in particular are incredibly wearable and versatile. Personal favourites from the collection include the wide-leg kimono style trousers with rope belt, printed short-shorts and Marni x H&M-esque beige hooded parka with contrast sleeves.
Overall, this collection may not appear as luxe and glamorous as the brand’s womenswear alternative, however Jones has provided versatile separates that can be mixed and matched to the wearer’s taste, which is what this spring/summer is all about.