Kim Jones, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton men’s, took his final bow with the brand on Jan. 18 in Paris. Supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell joined hands with the designer for his farewell runway walk. According to Jones’s Instagram, the supermodels’ special cameo (at a menswear show) was a tribute to the Marc Jacobs-led Vuitton of the early 2000s, and a thank-you to Jacobs for giving Jones his entry there.
Joining Moss and Campbell was a sea of celebrity guests, who gave Jones a standing ovation. The Beckham family (including son Brooklyn Beckham, sporting a red-and-white monogrammed LV shirt) stood among a flurry of other fashion designers — including Virgil Abloh of Off-White and Olivier Rousteing of Balmain — who wanted to bid Jones adieu.
The designer became the artistic director of Louis Vuitton in 2011, with his first collection debuting for Spring/Summer 2012 to rave reviews. It had been inspired by Jones’s past travels to Africa with his family, which he exhibited by the mixture of khaki shorts and tan suiting alongside bright African printed scarves, matching tees, and plenty of sandals. “It is rare to see a designer step so perfectly into new shoes. But this debut collection could not be faulted. Its soul was the essence of Vuitton: travel,” wrote Suzy Menkes for the New York Times following the debut.
In 2017, Jones, who has become a figure for a streetwear-meets-luxury aesthetic, introduced the most sensational collaboration of his career — with Supreme. The collaborative collection sold out immediately, causing resale items to reach as high as $7,500 for a single hoodie.
There is no doubt that Jones will be missed at Louis Vuitton, but considering how quickly the fashion industry’s revolving door spins, this will certainly not be the last time we see of him.
Now take a look back at Jones’s most memorable fashion runway looks for the Parisian brand.
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