On Jan 22, Louis Vuitton presented its 2015-16 A/W runway show as a tribute to the late British fashion designer Christopher Nemeth, who passed away in 2010. Kim Jones, the Men’s Artistic Director of the luxury brand, dedicated the collection to Nemeth’s life and his often overlooked influence on the fashion industry.
For the show, Jones introduced four original prints from Nemeth’s archives, focusing on the departed artist’s elaborate and decorative stitching as well as his famous representation of twisted ropes. Bags, watches and shoes embellished with the patterns of the ropes were eye-catching. Jones also presented items featuring Japanese paper (Washi), an idea that he and Nemeth came up with in the past, expressing noteworthy experimental creation and not just homage. Brooches designed by accessories designer Judy Blame, Nemeth’s friend, also made an impression.
The collection combines nostalgia with modern oddity. The energy in Nemeth’s "Savile Row-meets-street" designs, Jones’s accomplishments and the elegance of haute couture came together in harmony.
The self-taught designer Nemeth, known for his bold designs and dexterous use of deconstruction, moved to Tokyo in 1986 in his late-twenties to start a new chapter in his career. For those interested in seeing his timeless designs, the Tokyo flagship store located in the Omotesando area is a good place to start.