Fashion has long flirted with futurism. What began as a cutting-edge movement among early-20th century painters and sculptors quickly swept over the design studios and runways of Milan and Paris. It played out as a celebration of everything new, urban and industrial—fabrics, designs, colors and cuts that reflected movement and speed.
But what exactly is futurism now that we are living in the future?
It is here, in Louis Vuitton Men’s 2054 capsule collection: 14 pieces made of 100% water-repellent technical fabrications with transformable features and multifunctional values. In the collection, Artistic Director Virgil Abloh revisits the idea of compressomorphosis—first introduced in his pre-fall 2019 collection. The term applies to garments accessorized with wrapper bags into which they can be entirely compressed for travel purposes. For instance, the back pocket of an oversized coat unrolls into a life-size tent raised with included tent poles, the coat’s back-zip adornment transforming into the tent door; a padded over-shirt with multiple zips for adaptation compresses into its own back pocket and morphs into a pillow native to trekking.
The name is a nod to 1854, the year the house was founded, and signals a fusion of the past, present and future. In other words, its clientele’s uniform 200 years from its point of origin. The future is now