Models present creations by designer Virgil Abloh as part of his Spring/Summer 2019 collection show for Louis Vuitton fashion house during Men's Fashion Week in Paris. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Models present creations by designer Virgil Abloh as part of his Spring/Summer 2019 collection show for Louis Vuitton fashion house during Men's Fashion Week in Paris. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
A creation by designer Virgil Abloh as part of his Spring/Summer 2019 collection for Louis Vuitton. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
A creation by designer Virgil Abloh as part of his Spring/Summer 2019 collection for Louis Vuitton. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Models present creations by designer Virgil Abloh as part of his Spring/Summer 2019 collection show for Louis Vuitton fashion house during Men's Fashion Week in Paris. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Models present creations by designer Virgil Abloh as part of his Spring/Summer 2019 collection show for Louis Vuitton fashion house during Men's Fashion Week in Paris. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Rihanna and Asap rocky at the Louis Vuitton SS19. (Pic: Instagram)
Rihanna and Asap rocky at the Louis Vuitton SS19. (Pic: Instagram)
Couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West. (Pic: Instagram)
Couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West. (Pic: Instagram)

On an outdoor catwalk decked out in a riotous rainbow of colours, Louis Vuitton's new menswear designer Virgil Abloh unveiled his streetwear-infused take on the brand with his first collection on Thursday.

The show, where models in arrays of all-white outfits or tie-dye prints walked between tree-lined avenues, drew celebrities from hip-hop's Kanye West to singer Rihanna in the front row, while rapper Kid Cudi even took to the runway.

Couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West. (Pic: Instagram)
Rihanna and Asap rocky at the Louis Vuitton SS19. (Pic: Instagram)

Abloh, an American whose own label Off-White is known for its luxury urban creations such as branded hoodies, was appointed to the Vuitton job in March.

He replaced Kim Jones, who moved to design menswear at Christian Dior - also one of the large roster of brands owned by France's LVMH, at a time of upheaval for men's designs as sales pick up in an industry long dominated by womenswear.

A lurch towards streetwear looks - including the ubiquity of sneakers, which all top luxury brands are now embracing - has helped growth in the category.

Abloh surprised with less of an emphasis on logos and urban looks than some expected, opting for carefully tailored-suit jackets in block colours, including bold reds or beige.

Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)
Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)

"He respected the codes and the heritage of Louis Vuitton, which is very important for a house of this nature, but he infused his own sensibility and his own DNA into what we saw," said Roopal Patel, fashion director of department store Saks Fifth Avenue.

Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)

The designer also put the accent on accessories - one of the mainstays of Vuitton, originally a luggage maker - with holster-style leather vests worn over the shoulders, and classic bags offset by edgy, fluorescent chains hanging from the handles.

Louis Vuitton collection Spring/Summer 2019. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)

The collection kicked off with all-white styles before evolving into colours. Some looks included bead-incrusted jackets with a motif drawn from 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz and featuring its heroine Dorothy, who is transported in the film into a colour-infused dream world from her black-and-white life.

The kaleidoscope effect was also present on the edges of the catwalk, with 3,000 fashion students and Vuitton workers wearing coloured T-shirts flanking the runway.

Models present creations by designer Virgil Abloh as part of his Spring/Summer 2019 collection show for Louis Vuitton fashion house during Men's Fashion Week in Paris. (Pic: Charles Platiau, Reuters)

Paris Men's Fashion Week runs until June 24. (Reporting by Sarah White and Feyi Adegbite Editing by Andrew Heavens)