Louis Vuitton taps KidSuper’s founder Colm Dillane to co-create next menswear collection
The LVMH group waited exactly one year for another innovative design for the brand's men's collection after Virgil Abloh's final fashion display for Louis Vuitton. However, the upcoming Louis Vuitton Menswear show has a date set, for January 19, 2023, since men’s Paris Fashion Week is around the corner. We vaguely knew that the house would choose a collaborative initiative in which the directors Michel and Olivier Gondry would take part for the A/W 2023 collection in lieu of officially naming an artistic director: Off-White Image Director Ib Kamara, Visual Director Lina Kutsovskay and KidSuper founder Colm Dillane.
At Paris Fashion Week for men, KidSuper, a luxury streetwear brand similar to Off-White or Palm Angels, puts on a parade. Colm Dillane, the brand's creator, founded KidSuper when he was 15 years old and worked with friends to screen print T-shirts.
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At the age of 20, Dillane formally established the company and set up a studio in Brooklyn that he shared with other creatives to record music and shoot videos. He founded the brand in 2018, and in 2021 he won the Karl Lagerfeld Award for the LVMH Prize (in which Virgil Abloh participated as a judge).
Colm Dillane taking part in the co-creation of the autumn-winter 2023 collection makes sense for two reasons beyond the fact that KidSuper is currently one of the most intriguing and hyped brands. The main one is the artistic vision and approach. Dillane's brand serves as a visual representation of his maximalism, which combines African American and American cultural codes with creativity in his designs and urban references.
On the other hand, Colm Dillane is a part of this new generation of designers and brand founders who have efficiently transitioned from streetwear to luxury fashion.
Since Abloh's death, Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke has made it plain that the company is not in a rush to appoint a replacement because the brand still has work to do on the next collections and because Abloh leaves behind a long legacy that is challenging to replicate.
(Source – Vogue Business / Instagram)