Entering Douyin and Shanghai show, Louis Vuitton accelerates its deployment in the Chinese market

On August 6, the French luxury brand Louis Vuitton held an offline fashion show in Shanghai to showcase the 2021 spring and summer menswear collection. At the same time, it was also broadcasted live on Douyin, Weibo, WeChat and other platforms. The number of views on Weibo exceeded 50 million and the number of likes exceeded 390,000, which attracted the attention of the industry. On the same day, Wu Yifan (Kris Wu), Fan Chengcheng (Adam Fan), Di Lieba (Dilraba Dilmurat) and other celebrities attended the show. Wu Yifan (Kris Wu), as the brand ambassador, wore a white suit from the 2021 early spring series and a giant doll on his shoulders.

Wu yifan fashion star

Industry insiders believe that digital fashion shows have become the norm during the epidemic, Louis Vuitton has been so lavishly displayed its 2021 spring and summer menswear collection in Shanghai through the “offline + online” approach, which shows that the brand is accelerating its deployment in the Chinese market and think highly of  the younger generation as consumer groups.

Wu yifan fashion star

Through Shanghai fashion show Louise Vuitton settled in Douyin, view numbers reach to 40 million

The Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2021 menswear collection fashion show is inspired by the “floating bottle”. As early as July 9, Louis Vuitton released the series of short films and cartoons at Paris Fashion Week, featuring Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2021 menswear in the red containers departed from Paris and drove slowly eastward along the Seine, arriving in Shanghai and Tokyo. In the cartoon, the lively animated characters Zoooom with friends follow the container shipment.

LV fashion show

The fashion show held in Shanghai this time is the fifth fashion show since Virgil Abloh, the brand’s menswear art director, takes the helm of Louis Vuitton menswear. Virgil Abloh is known as the representative of the new wave of fashion, cross-border architecture, home furnishing, art and other fields. He joined Louis Vuitton in 2018, abandon the stereotyped appearance of high fashion, and integrated it with street culture, and launched Several hot items. In this spring/summer 2021 menswear collection, Virgil Abloh is inspired by “innocence”, launching menswear with clashing colors, jackets with exaggerated silhouettes, and 25 items made of recyclable materials.

While holding an offline fashion show in Shanghai, Louis Vuitton officially entered the Douyin platform via online live broadcast on August 3, launching the topic “LV21 Men’s Wear Show” to preview the fashion show. Till 11 a.m. on August 7, the account has 68,000 followers and reach nearly 100,000 likes. The 2021 spring and summer menswear show has been played more than 40 million times.

Accelerate the layout of the Chinese market, and the future luxury brands will be focused online

In fact, Louis Vuitton is not the first luxury brand to test the Douyin platform. As early as 2018, Dior opened an official Douyin account. Since then, first-tier brands such as Gucci and Bulgari have also joined. Louis Vuitton previously entered “Red Book” in 2019 and became the first luxury brand to enter the platform. This year, it also conducted its first live broadcast on “Red Book”. This time, Louis Vuitton used the topic of the Shanghai fashion show to enter Douyin, which shows that its emphasis on the Chinese market and millennial consumers. It is also in line with Virgil Abloh’s younger and street-oriented design trends in recent years.

Louis Vuitton’s parent company LVMH Group recently released data for the first half of the year. During the report period as of June 30, LVMH Group achieved income of 18.393 billion euros, a year-on-year decrease of 27%, and profit fell 68% to 1.671 billion euros. Net profit was 522 million euros, a sharp drop of 84% year-on-year. Among them, the revenue of the LVMH fashion leather department, where the core brand Louis Vuitton is located, fell 23% year-on-year to 7.989 billion euros, and profit fell 46% year-on-year. LVMH stated in its financial report that under the strong promotion of the Chinese market, the performance of the Asian market improved significantly in the second quarter, and the decline narrowed to 13% from the 32% in the first quarter.

Statistics show that global luxury goods sales reached 310 billion US dollars in 2019, of which the Chinese market accounted for 35%. Affected by the epidemic, global sales of luxury goods have been severely frustrated, and the speed of recovery in the Chinese market has caused major brands to shift their focus to the Asian market dominated by China. Industry insiders predict that the sales weight of luxury brands in the Chinese market will increase substantially in the future. However, compared with opening stores, the future focus of luxury brands represented by Louis Vuitton will be on e-commerce and digital marketing.

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