Despite changes at Louis Vuitton in every area from creative director to accessories strategy, it looks like one thing is staying constant, at least for now: Michelle Williams will be the face of Louis Vuitton’s accessories campaign for another season.
Louis Vuitton Handbags and Purses
By now, we’re all aware that Louis Vuitton is in the middle of a massive re-brand, with a new creative director in Nicolas Ghesquiere and a renewed emphasis on discretion and craftsmanship instead of the ubiquity and showmanship that characterized Marc Jacobs’ tenure at the French powerhouse. (It’s important to note, though, that Jacobs’ tactics turned record profits for Vuitton for much of his decade-plus stay.) In order to play up its signatures without using its monogram, the brand has debuted Louis Vuitton Damier Couleurs for Spring 2014.
Louis Vuitton is the biggest luxury handbag brand in the world, and there’s no job that counts more in the accessories industry than that of Louis Vuitton’s creative director. For most of my life, that was Marc Jacobs, comfortably ensconced atop the French powerhouse that he reinvigorated with his signature blend of luxury and pop-cultural wit. After the Spring 2014 show, though, Jacobs passed the reigns to Nicolas Ghesquiere, formerly of Balenciaga, and he debuted Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 in Paris on Wednesday.
David and Victoria Beckham were recently spotted heading into a Paris train station with a fitting assortment of high-end carry-alls in tow (including one of Victoria’s own designs, natch). David’s carrying a Louis Vuitton Monogram Macassar Keepall Bag, and Victoria has one of her own Victoria Beckham Liberty Totes on her arm. You can purchase David’s Keepall for $1,880 at Louis Vuitton.
Combining cars and fine leather goods isn’t a new idea; I remember seeing commercials for limited edition Lexus sedans upholstered in Coach leather (and with a matching set of Coach luggage) when I was a kid, and Hermes has kitted out concept cars by everyone from Hyundai to Bugatti. The latest automaker-luxury goods duo to give the idea a whirl is BMW and Louis Vuitton, and they’ve just launched the Louis Vuitton x BMW i8 Limited Edition Carbon Fiber Luggage at select LV boutiques worldwide.
New York City is always brimming with openings, new stores and fashion innovation, and in December, Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo’s famed Dover Street Market opened its doors in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. Dover Street Market has filled its space with high-end, avant guarde fashion and design shops, including a pop-up store from Louis Vuitton on the ground floor.
We all know that Marc Jacobs has made his grand exit from Louis Vuitton, and in just a couple of weeks’ time, we’ll see Nicolas Ghesquiere’s much-anticipated debut for the legendary French house. In the meantime, though, let’s take a moment to savor Jacobs’ last contribution to the leather goods business that you revolutionized: the Louis Vuitton NN 14 Bag, which we first spotted on Jacobs’ swan-song runway in October.
We’ve spoken a bit about Valentino’s aggressive love for neons, but the Valentino VaVaVoom Neon Crystal Shoulder Bag may be the clearest indication yet that someone in the brand’s accessories department may have eaten too many magic mushrooms before conceptualizing the Spring 2014 accessories collection. At $3,095 via Net-a-Porter, this bag has a pretty steep price tag for something that skews so youthful.
Here are the wee Jenner sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, trying to keep it low key (but failing miserably), shortly after touching down at JFK in NYC. Kendall is heading up the front, carrying a sexy black Givenchy Lucrezia Bag, and both sisters are pulling Louis Vuitton Pegase Suitcases. You can currently purchase Kendall’s sleek Givenchy duffel for $2,325 at Barneys.
We’re rarely jealous of the boys, but we get a little bit miffed every season when they get to see their upcoming collections before we do. New York Fashion Week (let alone Paris) isn’t for nearly another month, but last week, Louis Vuitton Men’s Fall 2014 graced the runway in Paris. It did so, naturally, with some very interesting bags, and we have some gorgeous shots of the new collection straight from Louis Vuitton.