Archive for October, 2011

Friends of the House: Takashi Murakami

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Painter. Sculptor. Prolific digital artist and Japanese icon. In his relatively short career, this joyfully off-kilter visionary has earned many accolades, solo shows and a cult following around the world. Like Andy Warhol a generation before him, Takashi Murakami has the impressive knack for turning mass culture into high art.

Inspired by the bold yet lighthearted vision he saw in Murakami’s art, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton’s Creative Director, first approached the artist in 2003 with the idea of collaborating. From the initial Monogram Multicolore bags to the most recent Cosmic Blossom collection, Murakami has continued to bring an unexpected and whimsical touch to the House of Vuitton.

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Louis Vuitton Friends of the House: Natalia Vodianova

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Supermodel. Actress. But much more than a pretty face. Having come from humble beginnings in Russia, Natalia Vodianova has become a recognized and admired figure around the world. The mother of three is also a tenacious philanthropist, having founded the Naked Heart Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing safe playgrounds for children living in urban Russia.

Louis Vuitton has been proud and honored to have Vodianova’s long-standing collaboration in both print campaigns and on the runway. The House is also extraordinarily proud to play an ongoing part in her Naked Heart Foundation and seeing the extremely rewarding results.

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Friends of the House: Annie Leibovitz

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From capturing the Rolling Stones on tour in the early 1970s to reinventing personalities such as Demi Moore and Barak Obama for the cover of Vanity Fair Magazine, Annie Leibovitz has astounded and entertained for decades.

In addition to photographing politicians, actors and other notable figures, Leibovitz’s remarkable portraits have greatly contributed to the success of Louis Vuitton’s Core Values campaign. In 2009, she turned her lens upon herself in the company of her long-time friend, the legendary dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Further demonstrating her keen eye, the American artist designed a unique Louis Vuitton backpack for transporting photography equipment, which was auctioned at Sotheby’s in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Red Cross.

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Louis Vuitton Friends of the House: Katie Grand

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British stylist. Fashion journalist. Magazine editor with a Midas touch. The ever-stylish Katie Grand has famously kept every single item of clothing she’s ever worn from the age of 15 on. A true style maven if there ever was one.

It was Grand whom Louis Vuitton tapped to curate the ”12 Years of Marc Jacobs” installation, in which mannequins were topped with an array of Speedy handbags, for London’s celebrated New Bond Street Maison. As always, her freshness and creativity—not to mention otherworldly vision—made the end result an extraordinary and beautiful success.

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Louis Vuitton Friends of the House: Wes Anderson

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Wes Anderson has known Louis Vuitton Artistic Director Marc Jacobs for a number of years, and the two share a similar aesthetic sensibility. While researching the movie The Darjeeling Limited, Wes Anderson asked to visit Louis Vuitton’s historic Asnières workshop and museum of travel, where he was inspired by a tennis trunk covered with the company’s emblematic natural calfskin.

Wes Anderson and Marc Jacobs together chose the leather for the requirements of the movie, and eight one-off items were made by the Asnières workshop, including three Alzer suitcases, a Keepall and a Cabin Trunk.

Louis Vuitton also created several other designs for the film, including the suits in grey, beige and tobacco flannel which the three brothers wear throughout, a pair of blue suede shoes with stars and planets, drawn by Eric Anderson, as well as a belt in leather embossed with a cowboy and Indian, also drawn by Anderson.
Several luggage pieces made by Louis Vuitton for The Darjeeling Limited were auctioned at the New York flagship, with proceeds going to the Rawal Mallinathji Foundation.

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Louis Vuitton Friends of the House: Richard Prince

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American painter. Photographer and re-photographer. Re-appropriator of popular culture. Richard Prince doesn’t outright court controversy, but his penchant for cowboys and nurses has certainly raised some eyebrows.

For his collaboration with the House, Prince showed a softer side: the limited-edition Monogram Aquarelle collection, which incorporated his spray painting and texts but were softened by a watercolor palette. Continuing the artistic collaboration, Marc Jacobs paid homage to Prince with a runway collection based on the artist’s notorious “Nurse” paintings.

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Louis Vuitton Friends of the House: Sofia Coppola

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The collaboration started when Sofia Coppola accepted an invitation from her long-time friend Marc Jacobs to visit Louis Vuitton’s historic workshop and Museum of Travel in Asnières. But when Sofia Coppola visited the workshop with the intention of placing her own special order, little did she imagine that she would end up creating – with the help of Louis Vuitton’s expert designers and craftsmen – an entire collection.

With her fondness for timeless pieces, Sofia was inspired by Louis Vuitton’s iconic shapes Speedy and Keepall, which she interpreted in precious new materials and with an acute sense of detail, encapsulating her own subtly glamorous style. “I had an idea of what I was looking for and couldn’t find… I think it must be every woman’s fantasy to dream up an ideal bag and shoe.”

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Louis Vuitton Launches Redesigned Website

Today, Louis Vuitton launches their newly revamped website, www.louisvuitton.com, offering plenty of mixed media features, an online magazine called “New, Now”, an enhanced search facility, and more.

Press release:

In 1835 Louis Vuitton left his home in the Jura region of France with one destination in mind: Paris. He travelled two years by foot before reaching the French capital in 1837, where he began his career as a Malletier. In 1854 Louis opened his first store on 4 Rue Neuve-des-Capucines near the Place Vendôme in Paris.

One hundred and fifty seven years later, Louis Vuitton invites you to the opening of its latest destination, accessible from all over the world. After a journey of a different kind, in October 2011 the new digital platform louisvuitton.com is launched. One address, one destination, infinite journeys.

What do you think of Louis Vuitton’s new website?

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Louis Vuitton To Create Their First Fragrance

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According to industry sources, Louis Vuitton has tapped perfumer Jacques Cavalier-Belletrud to create its first-ever fragrance. Cavalier has worked with various fashion houses in the past, among them are Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Issey Miyake, Nina Ricci and more.

How would the Louis Vuitton fragrance smell like? Any guesses?



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Diane von Furstenberg Large Kaya Print Canvas Tote

Diane von Furstenberg Large Kaya Print Canvas Tote

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I have grown to absolutely love Diane von Furstenberg handbags!  From the rich colors to bold prints, there is always something fresh and fun.  I am totally feeling the Kaya Print Canvas Tote.  I am a sucker for the loop print, especially when the colors work so well together.  Features include  double top handles, longer shoulder straps, snap closure, lined interior with zip pocket and two slip pockets.  Price: $285.00 at Bloomingdale’s.

 

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