With less than a week until the Fall/Winter 2023 season arrives at Paris Fashion Week, Louis Vuitton makes a major announcement. The French luxury fashion house’s forthcoming menswear collection will be made in collaboration with KidSuper founder Colm Dillane.
The Fall/Winter 2023 season kicks off Louis Vuitton’s collaborative format, making Dillane the first designer to helm a menswear collection in the post-Virgil Abloh era. It’s important to note that Dillane is serving as a co-creator for this collection, and not taking over as the luxury brand’s creative director. “In other words, Colm is embedded into the men’s studio,” said the house in a statement.
Colm Dillane founded his Brooklyn-based label KidSuper in 2012, initially selling clothing out of his NYU dorm. The brand has gained a cult following for its artistic and youthful approach to streetwear.
“You never think a brand as big as Louis Vuitton would be willing to take such a risk,” Dillane said in an interview with the New York Times. “I thought there would be so many rules about what I was or wasn’t allowed to do, but I was given the candy shop. They let me have a hand in every aspect—clothing, bags, shoes, accessories. It’s wild.”
Additionally, the Louis Vuitton show will feature scenography by Lina Kutsovskaya and French directors Michel and Olivier Gondry. The house also hinted that an unnamed “world-famous music star” will perform. At last season’s SS23 show, Kendrick Lamar performed live alongside the Marching 100 band as a tribute to Abloh.