Simply Abu Dhabi XX

2 0 3 S I M P LY A B U DH A B I Nemeth's swirling woven rope motif became the emblem of this show, adorning the surface of much of the collection. It appeared as a jacquard on a camel overcoat, flocked onto sweaters, blown up to oversized proportions on pants and needle punched into a grey bathrobe coat. It also appeared head to toe as dots on denim and even on the dial of a Louis Vuitton wristwatch. Jones worked the bold design hard and kept his silhouettes clean and classic to accentuate Nemeth's art. Other design tributes included a bonded cashmere sweatshirt embossed with cork, cashmere denim masterfully overlaid with paper patterns and a limited-edition suitcase in a flocked design. The result was a show that honoured Jones’s icon, whilst simultaneously providing a fresh and stylish menswear collection for the luxury French fashion house that boasted a sporty vibe. The concept is energetic and youthful with a palette of relaxed earthy colours such as shades of brown, camel, navy, grey, white, black and coral. The parkas, duffle coats, jean jackets and Crombies were reassuringly classic Vuitton, and it wouldn’t be a LV collection if there wasn’t an impressive and extensive choice of accessories to salivate over. Arguably the most coveted will be the silver and horn safety pins that jangled on the chest of a number of the looks. A strong focus on bags was inevitable – they came thick and fast, scaled from miniature purses and camera bags, piled up and crisscrossing the body alongside totes and holdalls crafted from soft, laser-cut shearling and a particularly eye-catching Nemeth- ised take on LV's chequerboard Damier canvas. It is a striking collection that once again underlines the fact that, four years into his role as the brand's men's artistic director, Jones is fully at ease in his ultra-luxe surroundings.