As part of its Fall/Winter 2015 collection, Louis Vuitton pays tribute to English artist turned fashion designer Christopher Nemeth. Born in Birmingham, Christopher Nemeth moved to London in 1979 to study painting at Camberwell College of Arts. Afterwards he would go on to create clothing for himself and as a result move into fashion.
"Self-taught in pattern cutting, he utilised the canvas he would paint on, as well as discarded post sacks and reconfigured old suiting. Each became distinct signatures of his nascent ‘deconstructed’ style, a style revolutionary in clothing that was itself indivisible from his art practice. His art too would feature the portrayal of the process of making clothes, of needle and thread, the weave of fabric and hands at work. Creativity and craft were key for Christopher Nemeth and grew to encompass a distinct view that extended to furniture making and interior design, each decisively his own and part of a whole."
Nemeth's designs started having a strong impact on the London scene by the mid-eighties. Eventually photographer Mark Lebon, a fixture in i-D and The Face, would start featuring the designer in those magazines alongside the stylist and accessories designer Judy Blame. By that time Nemeth was already making and selling his clothing at Kensington Market and went on to become part of the legendary collective and shop The House of Beauty and Culture. In 1986 the designer moved to Tokyo and stayed there until his death. There is still a Nemeth store in Harajuku today, featuring not only his clothing, but also an interior created by him.
Kim Jones wanted to pay tribute to the late designer with a special capsule collection as part of the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2015 range, featuring Nemeth's graphic work. The Louis Vuitton "A Tribute to Nemeth" capsule collection consists of a full range of clothing, a bag collection, scarves, ties, sneakers, watches, and other small accessories.
For the upcoming Paris men’s collections, the Maison Louis Vuitton and the concept store colette are teaming up to open a men’s pop-up store from June 22 through July 18, celebrating the launch of the special collection. Look out for the collection to be available at colette and of course Louis Vuitton flagship stores starting June 22. colette will also be carrying an exclusive version of the slip-on sneaker in its signature blue, as seen in the above slideshow.