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Black is the New Brown in Louis Vuitton’s Monogram Eclipse Collection

TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE MARK. This year, Louis Vuitton’s legendary motif takes on a smooth and shadowy tone in the Monogram Eclipse collection

 

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It’s a mark of luxury, an emblem of quality and a symbol of the better things in life.

Yes, we’re talking about Louis Vuitton’s iconic (and, in many ways, legendary) monogram. And today, even as the stylized LV emblem remains as popular as ever, the brand continues to find new and interesting ways to utilize its monogram.

Case in point: the Monogram Eclipse collection, which was unveiled earlier this year during Louis Vuitton’s menswear show for fall/winter 2016 in Paris.

 

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BLACK IS THE NEW BROWN

In a nutshell, the Monogram Eclipse line breathes new life into the timeless (and instantly recognizable) icon in shadowy tones of gray and black. These elements are set against dark backgrounds of coated canvas, and share the spotlight with metallic accents and hardware in dark gray. Ardent followers of the brand might notice that this new palette is clearly inspired by one of Louis Vuitton’s most iconic creations: the Malle Courrier trunk.

If anything, this muted color range offers a wealth of options, which appear sportier compared to the brand’s more mainstream offerings in decidedly earthy tones. They also give off a subtle military-vibe that lends itself well to tougher or edgier looks. It goes without saying that the construction of any given Monogram Eclipse piece is immaculate as only a Louis Vuitton piece can be. It probably won’t be much of a surprise to hear that this grayscale monogram variation was developed under the oversight of Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton’s creative director for menswear.

 

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OPTIONS IN GRAYSCALE

As befitting of a collection from the undisputed master of the “Art of Travel,” the Monogram Eclipse line encompasses a full suite of travel essentials for the modern male jetsetter. In the bag department, there are four new bag shapes making their black-and-gray debut. There’s the Backpack Voyager, a hybrid model inspired by the brand’s own Noé Marin bag, which was part of Louis Vuitton’s summer lineup this year, along with the Messenger Voyager bag, the keep-all Voyager and the Travel Bag Explorer.

 

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The juxtaposition of metallic accents against the smooth matte canvas of the bags really brings out a masculine sense of luxury, as the faint imprint of the Louis Vuitton monogram flickers in and out of perception in a subtle reminder of its exclusivity. It is the shoes of this collection, however, that really convey the undertones of the Monogram Eclipse concept, with sneakers hand-covered in Monogram canvas representing the collection’s sporty side, and the military-inspired ankle boot with the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Monogram Eclipse welt construction for the tough, soldierly vibe.

Rounding up this phenomenal eclipse on the LV brand are a selection of wallets and pouches, a scarf, a belt and gloves, as well as a pair of sunglasses and a nifty keychain.

 

 

So, if you want to delve into the LV experience but prefer pieces that are distinctly more masculine, or if you simply want to enjoy the brand’s signature exclusivity in a tone that is a lot more subtle, the Monogram Eclipse should be your go-to choice. not that this variation will eclipse its more colorful cousins anytime soon, mind you; but for those of us who prefer to keep part of ourselves in the shadows, this gray-on-black collection is certainly worth investing in.

 

 

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