Louis Vuitton – Autumn Winter 2021 Men’s – PFW – text by Ivo Barraza Castaneda

The most important lesson to learn about the Louis Vuitton AW21 show, Directed creatively by Virgil Abloh is how powerful it is to let creativity go to its most excellent state, peeling away any sense of pretension of a dismal artist.

Actually, there is a sense of naiveness in the way Abloh approaches design. He never tries to interrupt ideas by forcing postures that would make his work appear more serious or less ludic. He just refines the edges of whatever it is that he does, in this case Vuitton; to make sure the image corresponds to the present. It is always contemporary, it is always new (Despite the everlasting rumours of stolen ideas from young independent designers) and apart from new, he lets his team go anywhere we have never been. That’s what makes this presentation exciting.

This AW21 presentation is the most sophisticated, so far in terms of styling. I must actually say that now I have repeated this characteristic a few times during this Paris Fashion Week. I might start believing that there is even more inspiration in styling for all these digital new ways of fashion expression than there  usually is when designers style for the runway. Apart from that, creative clothes, interesting prints, great textures and textile development.




Ivo Barraza Castaneda

Hello, my name is Ivo. My three favorite things in life are: Thinking deeply about visual creation. I like having long discussions of ideas that might reinvent the course of history. And finally, spending time with the people I love. Since I was a child, I was always involved in some activity around plastic arts, music and literature. That’s how I learned to sew by hand at the age of five, which later led me to focus on my main professional media: Fashion Design.