Dev Hynes Stars in Virgil Abloh’s Latest Louis Vuitton Lookbook

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Fresh from providing a live soundtrack to Virgil Abloh’s sophomore Louis Vuitton menswear show in Paris last month, Dev Hynes now stars in the designer’s Pre-Fall 2019 lookbook for the house. Captured in a series of images by American photographer Nick Sethi, the pre-fall collection marks Abloh’s first since beginning as Louis Vuitton’s men’s artistic director last year – in an accompanying film, the designer explains inspiration for this latest offering came from the great outdoors and lead singer of 1990s British band Jamiroquai, Jay Kay.

Accordingly, the collection encompasses bucket hats – oversized, in fur, or shearling-lined leather – pullover fleece tops, utility jackets and rain macs, alongside sporty toggle-hem sweatpants and Nascar-style sweaters and T-shirts. Further inspiration came from watching Kurt Cobain in Nirvana videos as a teenager – Abloh riffs on the musician’s signature plaid shirt throughout. Recognisable elements from Abloh’s first two runway shows appear too, particularly his now-ubiquitous harness – here, padded, or with military-style pockets – like those memorably worn by Timothée Chalamet and Michael Jordan on the red carpet during this year’s award season. 

“I see and understand the vitality of clothes that people actually wear,” Abloh told Vogue. “The pre-collection was a safe haven to test out ideas, to start defining that palette.”

Watch the accompanying film below: