Louis Vuitton celebrates Americana

THOMAS ADAMSON
Associated Press
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A model wears a creation by British fashion designer Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton's Spring-Summer 2014 men's collection presented Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Paris. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

PARIS (AP) — The Louis Vuitton man moved from the eastern Himalayas of last season to the sunny West Coast of the United States for this spring-summer 2014.

"This was the American road trip, just enjoying and celebrating Americana from NASA through to the traditional things such as bandanas," said designer Kim Jones, breaking a sweat backstage Thursday at the Paris show that was held inside a scorching conservatory.

The collection ranged from the road trip, as imagined in khaki parkas with travel badges and cotton printed bandanas, to a whole mix of different American styles: From sportswear, as in white, blue and red silk graph check tailored shorts, to Gatsby-style evening suits in raw kimono silk with a classy curved lower part.

As ever, when traveling anywhere Vuitton-style, don't expect to rough it.

Stylish and coiffed David Beckham looked approvingly on from the front row.

Silhouettes were tight and masculine.

The 41 classy looks were fairly eclectic and so served up a little something for everyone.

The collection, however, produced no great creative surprises, apart from the piece de resistance: A fantastic retro black silk jacket with mother-of-pearl jacquard featuring the famed LV monogram.

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