To be perfect honest, it’s been a long time since I even felt 100% sure that Louis Vuitton was still making its brightly color Monogram Multicolore canvas. It’s a look I associate so heavily with the early 2000s, with Jessica Simpson when she was still married to Nick Lachey and toting her Louis Vuitton Monogram Multicolor Speedy all over MTV on Newlyweds, and when the economy crashed and Simpson and Lachey got divorced and people mostly stopped wearing Juicy Couture sweatsuits, the majority of Vuitton customers moved back to regular monogram or on to one of the brand’s other materials.
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In life, there are a few great equalizers: the DMV, the checkout line at Duane Reade, the Ticketmaster website the morning that Lady Gaga tickets go on sale. For celebrities, the great equalizer seems to be the airport; no matter how rich and famous they are, unless they fly on only private plans and out of private airports (and almost none of them do), legendary movie stars and reality famewhores alike need to go through security, submit their bags to X-ray machines and submit themselves to the paparazzi who endlessly trawl LAX and JFK, waiting for them to make the walk from their gate to their waiting car service.
In the current luxury market, Louis Vuitton is nothing less than the man bag gold standard. No other large designer does as comprehensive and varied a men’s accessories collection as Vuitton, and the range of the goods – all the way from tiny decorate pins to large luggage pieces – is incomparable. Not only that, but Vuitton is masterful at changing the feel of its men’s accessories from season to season when most designers that are playing to that large an audience would focus on a more traditional male consumer.
Every season I wonder what Louis Vuitton will create. I know I won’t like everything, but I can count on Louis Vuitton to make a few bags that are absolutely lust-worthy, it’s just what they do. When we shared a closer look at their Spring 2012 collection, I remember not being entirely impressed. Of course there was a theme – lightness and femininity paired with a whimsical touch – but as many have said, the bags look like they are made out of plastic (which they aren’t, just look at the price tags).
By now, more or less every handbag lover in the world should be aware of the Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton collection, called Infinitely Kusama, that launched yesterday in New York with a star-studded party. We’ve already given you a rundown of the collection’s bags and accessories, and now we have the cute lil’ collection video to take you into lunchtime.
Vogue editor Anna Wintour is perhaps the only person in the world who could turn the act of carrying a handbag – any handbag – into an event worth noting. Over the last couple of days, I saw no fewer than three people note on Twitter that Wintour had been seen “with handbag” while partaking in the Wimbledon festivities (where Roger Federer goes, The Bobbed One follows).
In case you just can’t get enough of Infinitely Kusama, Louis Vuitton‘s capsule collection in collaboration with Japanese modern artist and polka dot enthusiast Yayoi Kusama, you’ll soon have even more ways to shop. Not only will customized windows roll out to Louis Vuitton boutiques across the globe, with the Kusama collection available in all of Vuitton’s 463 boutiques, but LV will also open up a handful of Kusama-only pop-up shops.
Sometimes designers’ motivations behind the images they choose to represent their brands can be impenetrably opaque, but other times, the general idea is pretty obvious. Everyone understood immediately where Prada’s 1950s-car-culture-inspired Spring 2012 collection came from, for example, and the motivations behind the runway show and campaign for Louis Vuitton Fall 2012 are equally clear. Vuitton has been focusing its brand toward travel for seasons now, and in that context, having a functional locomotive on your catwalk is not exactly a mystery wrapped in an enigma.
Following the likes of Angelina Jolie, Buzz Aldrin and Bono, three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali is the newest face of the Louis Vuitton Core Values campaign, alongside one of his grandsons. When announced at the end of last week, Vuitton CEO Yves Carcelle said, “”Muhammad Ali is the epitome of an outstanding personality – a true living legend in boxing and far beyond.” The photos were shot by Annie Leibovitz at the boxer’s Phoenix home.
It’s that time of year again: time for ad campaigns! Twice a year, brands roll out images meant to sell their ideas of their collections to the public, and because handbags and accessories are so critically important to the financial wellbeing of most designers, they often figure prominently in the ads. That, of course, is relevant to our interests.
Perhaps the best illustration of that phenomenon is Louis Vuitton, whose ads are often so chock full of bags, sunglasses, scarves and other accessories that it’s hard to get a solid look at the clothes.