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Louis Vuitton AW18 MenswearPhotography Arnaud Lafeuillade

Everything that went down at Kim Jones’ final Louis Vuitton show

Pls don’t LV us Kim

To say that fashion moves fast is an understatement. Only late at night on Tuesday did the news break that Kim Jones was set to leave Louis Vuitton – where he’s been artistic director of menswear for the past seven years – and that his AW18 show, held this afternoon in Paris, would be his last. As Jones took his final bow at the legendary house of LV, we fill you in on what went down.

THE SETTING WAS A GIANT, CIRCULAR ROOM...

...built at the back of the Palais-Royal. The carpet that snaked around the runway bore an abstract, digital landscape print, which tied into the collection’s theme: ‘Overview’. As the show notes put it, it was meant to feel as if we were “experiencing multiple landscapes of the world simultaneously” – so kind of like the fashion version of Google Earth, you know?

THE MODELS WERE ‘GLOBAL TRAVELLERS’

The models wore layered-up looks featuring the house’s signature LV monogram and a number of striking landscape prints that proved to be a recurring motif throughout the collection. The prints were actually taken from photographs captured on a helicopter flight across Kenya (casual), as Jones looked to the continent where he spent his childhood for inspiration. Bright jolts of neon colours punctuated the otherwise neutral-toned collection, adding a rave-ready edge.

WE’LL TAKE THE MONOGRAMMED BOOTS, THANKS

Thick-soled, covered with glossy monogrammed prints and finished with a shiny metallic toe cap, the boots that finished the looks were an LV take on a classic hiking style, with a bit of cowboy thrown in for good measure. Not entirely sure how good they’d be for making your way up Everest, but what they lacked in practicality (at least when it comes to climbing mountains), they made up for with their damned good looks. Elsewhere, accessories came in the form of mountain ready mirrored shades with thick cords and LV accents, and boxy monogrammed bags.

THE ITEM YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE ALL OVER IG?

The ‘Louis’ baseball jersey. The epitome of the luxe-meets-the streets aesthetic that Jones has instilled in the house over the course of the last seven years. Whoever comes next has some very big (monogrammed) boots to fill… No pressure!

KATE AND NAOMI CLOSED THE SHOW

But if you didn’t know that already, have you even been on Instagram? Read all about it here.

KIM GOT A STANDING OVATION

Of course! The designer came down the runway with Kate Moss on one arm and Naomi Campbell on the other, as the crowd stood up and applauded – or at least as much as one can with an iPhone in hand. Bravo Kim, and so long – we can’t wait to see what’s next.