Louis Vuitton Menswear Autumn Winter 2011

This Louis Vuitton menswear collection seems to find the perfect balance between high fashion and wearable menswear. The fabrics are interesting, the clothes have brave details but remain somewhat “safe,” and aside from a few puffa mishaps, it is quite a strong collection. My issue is with the accessories, which feature clutch bags and fanny packs for men. That is never, ever cool.

I love…

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a double breasted suit that looks modern and young.

Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, menswear, autumn winter 2011, fall 2011, menswear catwalks, fashion shows

cozy cardigans for men.

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the cardigan blazer.

I loathe…

Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, menswear, autumn winter 2011, fall 2011, menswear catwalks, fashion shows

men who carry clutch bags.

Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, menswear, autumn winter 2011, fall 2011, menswear catwalks, fashion shows

Louis Vuitton's fanny pack, or bum bag as the Brits like to call it. Lame!


Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, menswear, autumn winter 2011, fall 2011, menswear catwalks, fashion shows

the puffa hem on a tailored jacket.

All images from GQ.com.

  • Jasper

    favourite mens collection thus far

  • HPrince

    The “puffa” is not an actual hem, it’s a vest that is attached to the jacket and I think it’s removable!.. from the pockets. It’s a fashion show so what you see is not necessarily what you get, as you might well know. Anyway I think it worked. Extremely safe (in comparison with other shows this season) with a twist!
    As for the clutches and fanny packs (God I loathe that name!)… Men in Europe do actually wear “clutches”. I, as well as about a million students in Portugal, wear one on a daily basis. 25x35cm black leather. And it’s extremely useful! Those belt bags…. well… not so much… but it’s good to have that option!
    Congratulations on the blog! Love it!

  • Anonymous

    I lived in Europe for 13 years and NEVER saw a guy carrying a clutch.
    Although I’ve never been to Portugal, maybe that’s the hub of the manbag?

  • HPrince

    How long has it been since you’ve been to Europe then? I’ve seen many men wearing “clutches” the size of a portfolio almost everywhere… London, Brussels, Paris, Milan, Madrid, etc..
    Students, guys and girls alike, wear the black leather clutch/portfolio I mentioned since forever. It’s part of the uniform but we wear it daily because it’s really useful for notebooks and that sort of things. (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_o8uvdHnwt2A/S9w4M6HDvHI/AAAAAAAABK4/kf8f5F6fFL8/s1600/DSC02300.jpg) check the link. And remove the ribbons (that’s attached for the end of college education celebrations). That’s what I and a million other students wear. It’s surely more sober than a monogrammed LV, but you get the idea. No one looks or feels less masculine or whatever wearing it!
    There’s no need to be rude, anyway! “Manbag” or “murse” sounds just as bad as wearing Ugg boots looks… it’s both ridiculous and embarrassing.
    Cheers!

  • Anonymous

    I was there in April, and I’ve seriously never seen any in London, Stockholm
    or Paris. But then again, that’s not all of Europe. The photo you sent is
    bigger and less of a manbag, and, like you suggest, a little portfolio,
    which is completely different. If you were carrying paperwork, it is
    acceptable to have a leather folder, but some of LV’s looks had wrist straps
    and looked like what a girl would carry on a night out clubbing.
    Anyway, let’s agree to disagree. I think they are hideous, and I pray to god
    my husband wouldn’t buy one!

  • HPrince

    Yes, the monogrammed one is hideous indeed, but the leather one is acceptable (and it’s about the size of an A4 sheet). And let’s not even talk about wrist straps because… If Ugg boots and manbags were to have a kid… it would definitely have a wrist strap! So… you get the idea! lol
    Anyway, considering their target (S/S 2011 campaign is revealing!) and what they usually wear as accessories, they’re actually discrete! For the minority of Europeans and North Americans they appeal to, some things are just overseen in favour of the materials/cuts/shapes those targets are interested in! If they were to please everyone, they would have to do at least 3 shows! And that’s just not possible. That’s what magazines are for: edit the looks to please their targets! Think what the same dress looks like on an editorial of Vogue US, Vogue Paris and Vogue Nipon…

  • Somebitch

    like practicality ever REALLY matters in fashion ANYWAY