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Love Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton SS19 Menswear Collection? We’ve Found The Best Affordable Alternatives

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Virgil Abloh has just dropped his Louis Vuitton menswear collection, and it’s going to be a huge hit. Here are some alternatives in case you miss out on your favourites…

With Off White’s Virgil Abloh becoming Louis Vuitton’s artistic director in March 2018, his first LV designer debut release was hugely anticipated, and it did not disappoint. A popup in Tokyo proved that the line is going to be a huge hit, as the sales went up 30% compared to the brand’s previous best-selling 2017 Supreme collaboration. The collection was inspired by Wizard of Oz and celebrated its 80th anniversary. Like any great artist, his work is far deeper than honouring a film and showing us great clothing that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. His pieces delve into the meaning of the Yellow Brick Road and what it symbolises to him. He is Louis Vuitton's first black designer, who never went to fashion school. After interning at Fendi with Kanye West his success in the industry grew, yet he never expected to be where he is today. During the show there was a sense of all his dreams coming to life. Models began coming out in all-white, but the mood lifted as bursts of colours started filtering into the outfits; it was inevitable that the star-studded runway show was a huge success. With neon-coloured outerwear, head-to-toe white, tie dye two pieces and bright and playful prints being some of the very on-trend designs that hit the catwalk, we are predicting that it’s going to be nearly impossible – or affordable – to get your hands on your favourite pieces that have just dropped only in allocated stores.

So, we have put together an edit of some inspiring alternatives that will allow you to channel these iconic Virgil Abloh Louis Vuitton looks, some for a whole lot less.
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The Utility Vest

At the LV Mens SS19 NYC Temporary Residence opening, Bella Hadid sported a neon green utility vest from the men's SS19 runway collection, and it's a trend that is slowly spreading in both menswear and womenswear. Similar gilets have since appeared in the LV runway AW19, and we’re sure they’re going to be a big hit this season. This red piece from Boohoo is a great alternative and also adopts the ever so popular brights trend that Abloh clearly loves.
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The Supersize Bag

Abloh has taken the supersize bag trend and made it into his own with his 'oil spill' bag, and now we feel like we’re all in need of this accessory. The holographic 'oil spill' bag is already predicted to be one of the most popular pieces from the collection, so it may be pretty hard to get. So, if you're looking for a staple bag that is specifically Louis Vuitton, you can never go wrong with a classic, and this LV duffle bag is a timeless piece that you will always treasure. It may be marketed towards women, but Abloh doesn’t care about that, so nor should you.
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The Tie Dye Windbreaker

The Tie Dye print trend is continuing, and Abloh has definitely played a part in making it cool again. From windbreakers to hoodies to trousers, he's taken a real liking to the print for his SS19 show, and it has paid off. This jacket by John Elliot is a great substitute for one of Abloh's tie dye windbreakers if you don't manage to get your hands on one. 

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The Statement Print Shirt

Bright, bold, scenic and characteristic prints have been a hit with designers including Raf Simons for Calvin Klein this season, and Abloh is no exception. His Wizard of Oz inspiration has had a direct influence into his designs, as seen in his Yellow Brick Road pieces, which are becoming especially popular on Instagram. Keep on the trend by investing in a statement, scenic shirt like this one from Kansai Yamamoto Vintage that will make you stand out from the crowd and keep people talking, with a much smaller price tag. 

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The Baggy Trouser

The baggy trouser is another consistent style that is seen throughout Abloh's SS19 runway show, whether it's neutral toned, bright coloured, tie dyed or even floral printed. Many designers such as Vetements and Balmain are also sporting the once unpopular baggy style in their recent shows, so it looks like wide leg trousers are making their way back into our fashion good books once and for all! White trousers are especially trending for the Spring/Summer season, so this pair from Asos will definitely have you style ready, allowing you to channel every SS19 all-white Abloh look. 

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