Marc Jacobs Exits Louis Vuitton

| October 3, 2013

Marc Jacobs Louis Vuitton

Words by Hannah Grumbled

Many people were never aware that Marc Jacobs was the Artistic Director for major Parisian house Louis Vuitton.

When I realised he was working on LV as well as building his own successful label Marc Jacobs in New York, all I could think of was how busy this man must be – it might sound glamorous travelling between NY & Paris on a weekly basis, but I’m sure after the first couple of weeks, it would get boring. He did it for 16 years, dedicated to building LV into the world’s most valuable fashion brand.

The set at Paris was read like a greatest hits showcase, featuring extravagant details from the show’s past – a lift shaft, a carousel, escalators, a full-scale fountain, and a catwalk made of lambskin in the house’s damier check print.

The entire space was beautifully black. Black to me is the colour of the chicest women in Paris; it’s Juliette Greco, it’s Francoise Hardy, it’s Edith Piaf in a little black dress, it’s the Left Bank of Paris. It seemed like the chicest way to show all these dazzling textures. The show was a love letter to Paris from Jacobs about his time at Louis Vuitton.

A huge train station clock (used a few seasons ago) hung at the back of the catwalk, struck at 10am and started to tick backwards as the show progressed.

The show was dedicated to all the women who inspire Jacobs, rather dramatically to “the showgirl in all of us”.

Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton

Denying his exit backstage when asked if this was his last show, Jacobs answered, “I always look at every collection as though it were my last.”

While not a shock – Jacobs is regarded as one of his generation’s finest talents. He infused LV, founded in 1854 as a travel accessories company to be a label with enormous personality and contemporary relevance. His catwalk extravaganzas, which have included carousels, working steam trains, and Kate Moss smoking, have provided the most memorable fashion moments.

Crucially, his designs at the label have proved commercial gold dust – the brand is the richest in fashion history, valued last October at 15.1 billion pounds.

It is rumoured that Nicolas Ghesquiere, the designer who recently left Balenciaga, is to be Jacob’s replacement.

On that note, we wish Mr Jacobs all the successes he deserves and thank him for providing us with countless memories and visually stimulating experiences.

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