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LOUIS VUITTON Spring-Summer 2023 Spin-Off inside 360 MAGAZINE

Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2023 Spin-Off

Fresh off the runway in the Gobi Desert, Louis Vuitton enamored the world with their theatrical and inventive athleisure, resulting in 278 million streams.

For the Spring-Summer Men’s 2023 Spin-Off show in Aranya, China, the Maison expanded on the idea of the magnified playground first introduced in Paris in June. In a collaborative effort between Chinese directors Jia Zhangke and Wei Shujun, the cinematic show portrayed themes of childhood, discovery and community.

The story took its audiences to Aranya beach, a relic of the Ancient Silk Road, where the live show unfolded in a vast sandscape, representing the infinite possibilities of craftsmanship. Live-scored by the Beijing-based instrumental band Sleeping Dogs, the show featured a performance choreographed by dancer Hou Ying.

‘Collection ∞’ Aranya, September 2022: 

Aranya

There are as many grains of sand on our planet as there are stars in the galaxy. Yet in the eyes of a child, the vastness of sand never poses an impossibility. It invites opportunity. In the sandbox and on the beach, children instinctively build sandcastles: constructs of the imagination that turn dreams into reality. For the Spring-Summer 2023 Spin-Off show in Aranya – designed by the Louis Vuitton Studio Prêt-à-Porter Homme – the Maison expands on the idea of the magnified playground first introduced in Paris in June. A cinematic prelude titled Mirage created in a collaborative effort between Chinese directors Jia Zhangke (producer of the prelude) and Wei Shujun (director of the prelude) – who also serve as directors of the show itself – portrays themes of childhood, discovery and community. Shot in the city of Dunhuang, on the edge of the Gobi Desert – once a frontier garrison on the Silk Road – the film stages a contemporary meeting between East and West reflected in the poetry of history. The story takes its audiences to Aranya beach where the live show unfolds in a sandscape moulded with the tools at the root of a collection founded in the infinite possibilities of craftsmanship. Live-scored by the Beijing-based instrumental band Sleeping Dogs, the show features a performance choreographed by the Chinese dancer Hou Ying.

Collection ∞

Imagination is at the heart of Louis Vuitton. A visual manifestation of our hopes and ideas, it has the power to heal, regenerate and uplift us. The Spring-Summer 2023 Men’s Collection was conceived and created by the Louis Vuitton Studio Prêt-à-Porter Homme: an ever-evolving ecosystem of creative minds, who welcomed Virgil Abloh to the Maison in 2018 and expanded during his eight seasons of artistic direction. A living testament to his talent for bringing people together, they populate a creative playground more than a century in the making. At the timeless core of the Louis Vuitton studio is the belief that imagination – creatorship, craftsmanship, showmanship – can move and unite its spectators around the world. It’s the heritage on which Virgil Abloh based his practice at the Maison and the philosophy that continues to drive the Studio Prêt-à-Porter Homme. As a creative community who shared a monumental experience, they embrace the Spring-Summer 2023 Men’s Collection as a cathartic process: a proposal created in the spirit of all the human minds that shape Louis Vuitton.

Magnified playground

Toys are tools for the imagination. The playthings we are given early in life become building blocks for dreams and aspirations. In the Carré du Louvre in June 2022, the Louis Vuitton Studio Prêt-à-Porter Homme imagined a magnified playground. Here, a giant children’s toy racetrack became a Yellow-Brick Road for the imagination: an evolutionary path for the mind where childlike fantasies come to life. It’s a transition from naïve to refined reflected in a collection that elevates the symbols of childhood through the savoir-faire of the Maison. The premise cuts a silhouette drawn from swoopy lines, which plays with shrunken and oversized dimensions founded in the idea of a wardrobe grown-into or outgrown, with rootsy nods to the 1990s dress code of the skater community. Iconography native to the playground adorns garments and accessories: origami paper planes, building block beading, playdough textures and tones, cartoon prints, and sandbox tool embellishments. Evoked within the pieces is an under-construction sensibility inherent to the toys found in a playground and to the process of growing.

Parade for the mind

Pageantry courses through the veins of Louis Vuitton. Over time, the custodians of the Maison have employed displays of wonderment to inspire unifying feelings of joy in its diverse audiences around the globe. On the magnified toy racetrack of the Spring-Summer 2023 Men’s Show in Paris in June, a parade of childhood dreams unfolded led by The Marching 100, the Tallahassee-based marching band of the Florida A&M University formed in 1946. Flags filled the space – their motifs reflective of the Louis Vuitton codes and values – as a representation of global communities created beyond borders and diversities. Elated by music, the soundtrack of the parade fused with the clothes themselves: two SpeakerMan looks integrated a number of wireless loudspeakers into backpacks, which connected to the show’s sound system. The constructions portrayed the togetherness of sound and the harmonious properties of speaker culture, while echoing the shared appreciation for loud music that exists within the Louis Vuitton Studio Prêt-à-Porter Homme – where every corner is occupied by a speaker.

French romanticism

A quintessential component in the genetics of Louis Vuitton, French romanticism fills the collection. Flower fields – the eternal image of harmony in diversity – grace garments through impressionist paintings transformed into tapestries and prints, while depictions of thistles appear in multiple fabric weaves, prints and embroideries. A symbol of resilience and healing folklorically used to overcome difficult situations, the prickly flower motifs also nod to the decor of Louis Vuitton’s ancestral home in Asnières where thistles often appear in bouquets. The delicate floral paintings found in the ceilings of the same residence echo the cornices that define the palatial interiors of Parisian architecture. A manifestation of our childhood dreams – fairy tales, majesty, whimsy – these moulures ornament moulded leather tailoring and bags, and feature in delicate lace garments. As a tribute to Paris, a photo montage collaging elements from the city and the Maison – the Pont Neuf, the Damier pattern, the cornices of interiors – runs through the collection.

Arts and crafts

The impulse to turn imagination into creation begins with the instruments of our childhood: toys, building blocks and the tools of the sandbox. As we grow and refine, so do the devices that bring our ideas to life. Through the savoir-faire integral to Louis Vuitton, the collection reflects on this transition in figurative and literal ways. Children’s building blocks and playdough elements adorn garments and accessories, while toolbox components – such as scissors, tweezers and clamps – embellish garments as three-dimensional embroidered pendants. The motifs celebrate the expert ateliers of the Maison, and serve as symbols of the painstaking savoir-faire that makes up the collection, from the development of fabrics to hand-embroideries, hand-beading, hand-crocheting, Shiburi tie-dye, and intricate leather moulding, as well as technological ingenuity like static electricity fabrics and SpeakerMan backpacks composed of genuine and 3D-printed loudspeakers.

LOUIS VUITTON Spring-Summer 2023 Spin-Off inside 360 MAGAZINE
LOUIS VUITTON Spring-Summer 2023 Spin-Off inside 360 MAGAZINE

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Tips For Supporting Ethical Fashion 

There is no time like right now to make the switch to ethical fashion, with the report Future of Consumer Demand showing that the vast majority of Americans place a high importance on buying goods that are ethically produced. When it comes to fashion, the exact definition of ‘ethics’ is difficult to provide, since it extends to a wide array of issues – including fair working conditions, sustainability, support for upcoming creators, animal welfare, and fair trade. A recent Futerra survey showed that around 90% of consumers in the U.S. and the U.K. want to make a positive difference with each purchase they make. They feel that their actions can be part of a big wave that reduces pressing problems such as global warming. If you are ready to start supporting companies that are ‘giving back’, what qualities should you look for in your chosen brands?

Ethical Working Conditions

If you are drafting a list of fashion and accessory companies you would like to start supporting, spend time getting to know their policy on working conditions. For instance, if you are buying luxury gems such as diamonds, ensuring they are conflict-free and ethically sourced is key. More than 99% of accessible diamonds meet Kimberley certificate standards. However, this certificate is a logistic document that states a rough diamond was exported from a specific country under the stipulations of the Kimberley process. It does not tell you if the mine a specific diamond was obtained from provides local jobs or funds opportunities for diverse groups such as women. Therefore, inquiring about these matters can help you make a decision when considering various brands or jewelry houses.

A Passion For Sustainability
It is very easy to see which brands are 100% committed to lowering their carbon footprint. Truly green brands such as Stella McCartney have been raising the bar in terms of the use of organic, recycled and upcycled materials practically since their launch. Brands should do more than release the odd sustainable collection. They should have published policies regarding energy use, water saving, ethical sourcing of materials (i.e. materials should not hail from endangered forests), and the establishment of strict quality and sustainability standards. They should also commit to reducing oil-based synthetics during the manufacturing process.

Supporting Innovation

Check out the efforts made by each brand to support the Planet. Some have come up with innovative ways to put an end to problems such as plastics. Pangaia, famed for its über-chic tracksuits, use material obtained from recycled bottles. The fabric obtained is then colored with natural botanical dyes, and ‘freshened up’ with natural peppermint, which battles bacteria. Reformation (which manufactures swimwear) also creates items made with recycled plastic, while Isbjörn of Sweden uses fish trap to create resilient items that are also 100% PFC-free and bluesign certified.

Design For Life

Ethical fashion should also aim to be used by several owners so as to prolong the life cycle of every item and reduce the amount of waste that is overburdening landfills. Essén is one such label; it produces all collections in small batches, moving away from the idea of short-term trends and seasonality. The aim is for every single item to be used throughout the year, with minimalist looks holding sway in the summer and layering being embraced to stay warm and cosy during the winter. Another interesting minimalist brand is Working Title. In order to reduce its carbon footprint, this company only sells made-to-order items, meaning that every single outfit they make is fully desired and cherished. When purchasing items for a new season, go with items you think will stand the test of time. Ensure you have wardrobe essentials such as a ‘little black dress’, a white tailored top, black trousers, and a good coat you can dress up or down. You can still stay in trend, buying a couple of ‘in’ clothing items and accessories but mainly sticking to items you know will look good just as good next year as they do this year.

Choosing Durable Items

Genuinely sustainable items should be able to withstand plenty of wear and tear if it is to stand the test of time and be worn a lifetime or passed down to various users before being thrown away. Isbjörn, mentioned above owing to its innovative spirit, also has a big focus on durability. All items are made with materials built to last, and have sewn-in labels with space for three kids’ names (the aim being that every piece should be used by at least three people). The company goes a step further, offering to replace any items that are broken. Why buy a new coat when your favorite comfy coat can be repaired and look as good as new? Companies should ideally offer customers tips to increase the lifespan of clothing. These can include information on how to repair and wash items. They can also include suggestions on where to donate clothes once customers are done with them. The brand Vaude, for instance, has a free online platform called iFixit, which provides instructions on how to fix various products.

Embracing Diversity

Sustainable companies that truly desire to make a difference should take other ethical considerations into account, one of which involves embracing diversity. The 21st century is arguably the first to embrace different races, body types, and ages in advertising and fashion. Brands should do more than simply market themselves as ethical; they should also put their money where their mouth is, releasing collections in sizes that reflect the diversity of their customer base. Just a few brands that have already done so include Adidas, Apiece Apart, and Diane von Furstenberg. The latter’s iconic wrap dresses are now available in sizes 14 to 24, thanks to its recent partnership with Honoré.

If you are ready to make more eco-conscious fashion choices, a good place to start is by checking out the sustainability policies of your favorite brands. Those that do value ethical working conditions, the environment, and other issues such as animal welfare, will usually share their values with you via their website and social media channels. Be vigilant about shopping for jewelry as well, since truly ethically sourced diamonds have more to them than simply complying with the Kimberley certificate standards. When choosing a brand to support, also think about the extent to which they are truly making an effort to effect change. Efforts can range from choosing innovative materials right through to improving durability and educating customers on how to increase a product’s lifespan. Finally, this millennium is one that is firmly focused on diversity. Ethical companies should support the idea that all human beings have a right to look and feel like their best selves through the clothes they wear. Companies can show their commitment to diversity by employing models with varying ages, races, and body types. They can also make collections in various sizes so that their garments can be worn by a truly representative group of people. One of the best ways to find out more about fashion brands is to check out their websites. If they are truly serious about sustainability and ethics, they will most likely have a sustainability section in which they list the many steps they are taking to change the superficial reputation that fashion can sometimes have.

Vaughn Lowery, handbags, 360 MAGAZINE, nyc

Facts About Fake Louis Vuitton Bags

A lot has been said about fake Louis Vuittons on the internet. Although many wouA lot has been said about fake Louis Vuittons on the internet. Although many would argue that buying knockoffs rips the big and well-established designers’ companies, not everyone buys their idea. Everyone out there is sharing their thoughts and experiences with faux Louis Vuitton. Why don’t we share ours also? After all, everyone has something they could share about fashion, looks, and the attires they prefer.

It’s the 21st-century girls, we all want to have a say in whatever interests us. How It’s the 21st-century girls, we all want to have a say in whatever interests us. How funny is it that people always wonder if they can afford the so-called fashion world luxuries? People out here are faking it until they make it, others still, going legit and spending wholesome amounts of cash for mere authenticity. You know what? As long as we all rock with what suits our interests and meets our needs, no one cares about the Louis Vuitton fake merchandise or authenticity of what we have on us.

Many women often find themselves in a trance of either going with the brand or just settling with quality. It’s no doubt that many startups in this competitive and crowded fashion industry find it hard to play in the big leagues with the presence of Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Channel, Gucci, Tommy, and other globally admired Designers. The truth of the matter is that even those small startups make just as competitive products as the top dogs in this market. However, they only lack the big brand name.

Quality is one thing to consider, a name is another thing to dwell on. Furthermore, no one wants to drain their credit cards for goods they would otherwise spend less for and more so for the same quality. Just so you don’t find me biased my lovely girls, I’ll share with you what most people want to know about faux Louis Vuitton products. Especially about the handbags ladies!

Being a fashion fanatic, I will admit to having bought knockoffs and also genuine labels too. This gives me a first-hand experience in both worlds. A pair of beige Kalu accompanied by a Louis Vuitton purse, plus a pair of some worthy karats necklace around your neck is always better than just a new Gucci clutch bag with some old outdated jewelry.

On the other hand, an authentic Louis Vuitton handbag is always more luxurious and prestigious than some two Balenciaga and Tommy mirror image replicas. Standards need to be set right also! A statement has to be made from the toe to the hat darlings. So as we pick our poisons, we should do so diligently.

Do luxury and trending fashions need to always be expensive? Well, diving in on this subject matter, let’s discuss some of the pros and cons of purchasing fake Louis Vuitton.

Pros Of Fake Louis Vuitton

They say every cloud has a silver writing, and so do replicas. Just because the big Designer outlets discourage buying knockoffs, does not mean that we, as the Fashion fanatics can’t enjoy an elegant, luxurious and glamorous appearance for just less than those overpriced designer products in the market as well. Kicking us off on the pros of purchasing replica handbags, personally over the years I have felt that:

Affordability

A majority of ladies out here want to rock on everything they put on, from the dress, they pick, to the shoes on their rack, the necklace, belt, and any other coveted accessories a lady would kill for. Buying all these at a go can be quite costly too.

With replicas, our help arrives! At just half the prices of the authentic Saint Laurent, we can have 1:1 mirrored replica of the handbag. The replicas can match the quality, design, and the make, and even better, they could be customized to my satisfaction, at the same time-saving cash for other items and maybe even now an authentic Stella McCartney blouse, plus Tiffany & Co jewelry. That luxurious coveted look that was for a select group of ladies with a lot of money to blow only now becomes available for us all to enjoy with them.

Compliments, Status & Standards

We all agree that it feels good when people compliment us for the outfit we choose to put on. Walking with your friends from the mall and flushing out your Replica Gucci handbag, earns you the same respect and status given to the celebrities rocking on them labels on social Medias too.

I don’t why, but there is that a little boost of ego and self-esteem when everyone’s all over your purse, admiring the make and design. Often, very few people can discern between a genuine Designer product and its mirrored replica. Especially if you, by yourself, already know how the authentic ones are.

The association of owning a very highly-priced designer item in the market gives us the satisfaction of prestige, status, and raising our standards a bit. Of course, if we know how to get the knock off item, and we also know the ins and outs of the authentic one and would maybe purchase it if possible.

Branding the big Designer Labels

Come to think of it, the big designer labels are beneficiaries of the knock offs as well. This is why: From the book “The Knockoff Economy” by Kal Raustiala & Christopher Springman, the authors argue that a knockoff item boosts the brands and even sells the Designer products in the market. They further argue that replicas help in brand awareness of authentic accessories. 

Playing the role of a “Trial Run,” the knock offs eventually pave way for the authentic items. They further statistically estimate that about 40% of those who purchase knock offs as their trial runs eventually go for the real deal, depending on the compliments and opinions they get while having the replicas. Think of it as the knock offs in the long run just advertise the genuine Designers’ handbags.

As others would still argue that purchasing knockoff Louis Vuitton takes away business from the big brands, this does not affect their target customers at all. As for the majority of people who purchase knockoffs comfortably, the thought of spending more just for the brand has never crossed them. In the end, these ladies just end up marketing the real products for the label companies.

Supporting local skills, talents and Small startups

Fashion and design always go hand in hand, girls. They are inseparable. Just because an upcoming designer lacks a well-established platform like the Gucci, Vuitton, Polo, Chanel, or Balenciaga does not mean that they lack the skillset and craftsmanship applied by the big labels out here.

Given a chance, I am sure that most of these upcoming designers would even give stiffer competition in the market place than there already is. However, as everyone runs for those top dollar labels, the promising and creative startups are left unnoticed.

This raw talent and skillset can better be supported by purchasing their 1:1 mirrored replicas of the authentic top dollar designer bags. There is no greater fulfillment in life than the feeling of helping someone find their way in a competitive and crowded fashion world.

Co-Designing your Handbags

One particular thing I love with replicas is that I get to co-design the bag I specifically order from the replica stores. I always get to approve the replica design sent to me before they manufacture and ship my order. The most amazing part is that all my bags always arrive in the way I desired them to be. This is a priceless adventure, darlings. Indeed the replica market is a god sent haven for us. 

Making a statement from what you wear doesn’t have to cost you a fortune anymore. All these quality and branding businesses out here got us covered and still save our credit cards. Quality, durability, top grade leather, and excellent replication are all served, but not from a silver platter anymore.

Cons Of Louis Vuitton Fake Merchandises

With all the pros of faux Louis Vuitton, I doubt if you can be able to draw the line on the cons. But since most of you ladies have had some disappointment along the way before meeting your perfect Replica store, I doubt if we can miss a few. Well maybe from the usual stereotypes we could say:

Poor Quality and Craftsmanship

When I first decided to get a replica Louis Vuitton clutch bag for an event I was to attend. I hassled to get the best quality. In this crowded fashion world, most replicas, I admit, never meet the standards. But of course, these are for the people who don’t want to put in the extra effort and impress their customers.

Some replicas out there are poorly done for sure, from stitching to the quality of the leather used. At times, with the wrong store, you will also get the wrong products and eventually an unworthy experience at the end. For example, you need to know about the authentic Saint Laurent first before going for its replica for quality assurance girls.

Shipment Process

It can be disappointing to wait for your Louis Vuitton handbag up to the last minute only for you to be disappointed by the delayed arrival. This could be somewhat annoying, I know. 

The trick I’ve used over the years is to always order my bags in due time. Most of my friends have had to attend an invite-only event on borrowed purses and accessories just because their order never arrived on time. With the best Replica stores, the threshold time has been taken to ensure that quality and satisfaction have been met. If this has never happened to you, the frustration is devastating. Believe me.

Mode of Payment

Well, most of the online stores accept payments through PayPal. Most of the online transactions are done via PayPal. It’s somehow convenient, right?

The disappointing part is, the PayPal payment policy is restricted to authentic top labels products only. With Replicas, the mode of payment has only ended up being done with Western Union. PayPal’s replica business policy limits this payment option nonetheless.

Wear and Tear

As Louis Vuitton replicas are not as authentic as the legit Chanel or Balenciaga Designers, they are prone to wear more than the real ones. What stays forever anyway? Nothing does. But, unlike the long-lasting and durable Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent, replicas never 100% match their durability by 100%. 

Ethical Issues Of Buying Fake Louis Vuitton

Some European countries deem the Replica business illegal. To a larger extent, Gucci and Louis Vuitton Fashion houses do crackdowns for their counterfeited accessories. Research suggests:

“In 2010, Louis Vuitton initiated 10,673 raids and 30,171 anti-counterfeiting procedures worldwide, resulting in the seizure of thousands of counterfeit products and the breaking up of criminal networks.”

But some countries including the USA have no issues with replicated goods as long as the consumer is fully aware that it is a replica they are purchasing and not being scammed for the real deal.

Well, we as consumers know what’s best for us always. We cannot allow these advertisement companies to make us spend a wholesome amount of money while we all know we only want to appear all flashy. We can have both the brand and quality for even less than you know. With the right fake Louis Vuitton store, we can have all we’ve ever wanted and at the right price my fellow beloved friends. 

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Marc Littlejohn

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Hair

DaRico Jackson

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MakeUp

Tarrence Cheairs

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London Knight

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Male modeling

BJ Williams

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Bryan Williams

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Location: V Resort, Palm Springs

[LOOK 1]

Romper: XYLEA: @xylea_official

Shoes: JF London: www.jflondon.net@jflondon_walkoffame

Harness: Potrol @potrol.ca

Honeycomb bracelet Queen Bee Collection vintage broach & patent leather handbag.

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London’s shades by Tom Ford

Swimsuit by Haus of PinkLemonaid

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[LOOK 3]

Shirt: Raga Man @ theragaman.com

Short: Argyle Grant @ argylegrant.com

Sunglasses: Police @ policelifestyle.com

Shoes: Sandrino by Sandrino Moscoloni @ smoscoloni.com

[LOOK 4]

Dress: Anicy Manuguian www.anicymanuguian.com@anicymanuguian

Top: Wild Card Collection www.iamthewildcard.com@iamthewildcard

Pumps: Evaluna @evalunaofficial

Architectural vintage bag: Prima Moda, Los Angeles @primamodafashions

Vest: 227 @ 227world.com

Pant: H & M

High-top sneaker: Calvin Klein

[LOOK 5]

Swimsuit: Haus of Pinklemonaid, shophausofpinklemonaid.com

Fashion high-waist panty: PARADISE RANCH DESIGNS

Shoes: Evaluna @evalunaofficial

Chain link earrings: Madame Baloge @madamebaloge_nyc

Sunglasses: AMI Clubwear @ amiclubwear.com vintage Versacé Couture bag Prima Moda, Los Angeles @primamodafashions

Tank and short: Argyle Grant @ argylegrant.com

Shoes: Zanzara

Sunglasses: Police @ policelifestyle.com

[LOOK 6]

Drape-back tuxedo shirt: Littlejohn Style @littlejohnstyle

Shorts: Tee Ink @ teeink.com

Shoes: Cole Haan

Cropped jacket & dress: Littlejohn Style @littlejohnstyle

Shoes: Evaluna @evalunaofficial

Spiral ring: Queen Bee Collection