Dillane will be the ‘Guest Designer’ of the next Paris Fashion Week 23.
This morning came the surprise news: Colm Dillane, artist and funder of the Streetwear brand KidSuper (we talk about it here: KidSuper: an expansive mix of Art and Fashion), has been appointed by Louis Vuitton as the new co-designer for the men’s line.
In this article we examine in detail how Dillane embarked on his journey with Louis Vuitton and what it will mean for the future of men’s fashion worldwide.
Who is Colm Dillane?
Young Artist and creative, began his career as a fashion assistant at JW Anderson, where he worked for five years. In 2016, he co-founded KidSuper with Robert Geller: a hybrid brand between art and fashion, focusing on the creation of streetwear using high quality technical fabrics and sophisticated details.
His history with Louis Vuitton
In 2018, Dillane collaborated with Virgil Abloh as co-designer of the Louis Vuitton menswear line. Together with the creative genius Abloh, Dillane helped revolutionise the brand with his modern and eccentric vision; his garments caught the attention of the international media and helped establish him as a promising and non-conformist young designer. The collection was presented at New York Fashion Week in 2018, meeting with huge critical and public acclaim.
His collaboration with Louis Vuitton in 2023
Colm Dillane (re)enters the Louis Vuitton monogram stage on 19 January 2023 for the Paris Fashion Week, during which he will be in charge of the Menswear line in collaboration with Ib Kamara, artistic director of Off-White, Lina Kutsovskaya designer of the sets and directors Michel and Olivier Gondry; giving artistic continuity to the creative partnership started by Virgil Abloh years before.
The choice by Maison Vuitton to introduce a “guest designer” we can assume was made to stem the constant rumours about Abloh’s possible successor and the absence of a new Menswear creative director since December 2021.
The 2023 Vuitton Menswear Show will be an important test for Colm Dillane. Does the famous fashion house not want to make a long-term commitment to an up-and-coming designer?
What do you think?