If you get a chance, take a look at the video of last week’s Louis Vuitton’s Men Fall/Winter 2009/10 Show in Paris – for two reasons. First, you’ll undoubtedly catch a glimpse of Kanye West getting really excited over the debut of his sneakers (right), which will be available at LV stores in June for around $500 (btw, leave it to Kanye to wear the shoes that are in the show to the show!).
Second, you’ll notice that the looks are surprisingly accessible, simple and really easy to find inspiration in. When we work with men, we find that they often think there’s a secret formula or a set template that once we give them – will secure them a place in the well-dressed category. “Just tell me what I should be wearing,” they say. It’s not that simple, and yet, it’s actually simpler. It’s a misconception that whatever comes down the runway is meant to be “the template” (perhaps this is something women understand a little better than men). Templates change from season to season. The key to sustainable style is finding inspiration in the little things – the way a scarf is tied or a coat is belted, an interesting color/texture combination – and working those things that appeal to you into your everyday look. It’s not a quick fix, but over time, you’ll notice the difference. That said, here are some of our favorite looks from the LV show.