louis vuitton menswear 2023

Louis Vuitton Fashion Show Features Monolithic Beach Sculptures

The French powerhouse pulled out all the stops to throw a memorable event in Aranya, an artsy coastal community in the North China city of Qinhuangdao

3 0
Beatrice Tamagno Headshot
12:17 PM HKT, Wed September 21, 2022 1 mins read

It’s no secret that Western luxury giants have prioritized the Chinese market. Recently, French brand Louis Vuitton took this courtship even further by hosting a full-fledged, three-day runway show at a beachside venue two hours away from Beijing by train.

Charming yet segregated, Aranya, an artsy coastal community in the northern city of Qinhuangdao, served as the venue for the China launch of the luxury brand’s men’s spring/summer 2023 collection. The event attracted more than 800 guests from September 16 to 18.

Some of the installations decorating the catwalk during Luis Vuitton menswear spring summer 2023. Via Weibo

Sandcastle-like installations tower over the catwalk at the Louis Vuitton menswear spring/summer 2023 fashion show. Image via Weibo

Monumental sculptures resembling sandcastles were a highlight of the fashion show, which, according to the brand, “expands on the idea of a magnified playground, where a vast sandbox becomes an invitation for childlike constructs of the imagination.”

While many have worried that Louis Vuitton’s menswear would face a creative impasse after former creative director Virgil Abloh’s untimely demise in late 2021, the new collection is every bit as memorable as the beachside location; think flowing silhouettes, pastel colors, and imaginative coats and blazers.

Although the collection debuted in Paris last June, an additional 10 looks designed specifically for Chinese audiences were showcased in Aranya.

The French luxury powerhouse looked to Chinese directors Jia Zhangke and Wei Shujun to ‘localize’ the feel and narrative of the runway show.

Unlike most catwalk events, the whole shebang lasted three days and involved live music, film screenings, and parties.


A still from the poetic promotional video for Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer 2023 menswear collection. Screengrab via YouTube

To grab the attention of Chinese Zoomers, organizers carefully curated the guest list to include influential personalities. Most everyone, from mainstream celebs like Gong Jun and Dylan Wang to local skateboarding legends from Shanghai label Avenue & Son, sported LV looks.

The plan has proven successful, and a related hashtag has gained over 210 million views on Weibo, China’s top microblogging platform. According to Vogue Business, a livestreamed recording of the show has amassed more than 270 million views on several Chinese platforms.

Cover image via Weibo

Join the Conversation
Write comment

Frustrated? Maybe stop looking at a screen and go outside