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Saturday, October 5, 2013

EZee Fashion - Louis Vuitton RTW 2014 - The Last Show

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After months of speculations it was all out in the open, Jacobs, 50, is stepping down from Vuitton to accelerate his brand’s development, a person familiar with the matter said yesterday.

“While Marc has done a lot for LV in 16 years at the helm, it is only natural that new creative talent will provide novelty,” Solca wrote in an e-mail yesterday.

At Vuitton, which presented its spring-summer collection few days ago, Jacobs helped transform the trunk-maker into the biggest luxury brand with sales exceeding 7 billion euros ($9.5 billion). He added ready-to-wear and collaborated with artists including Stephen Sprouse and Kanye West. His handbag collection with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami decorated the streets the world over as a colored version of the traditional LV logo splashed on a white canvas background became a global hit.

The last show of Marc Jacobs was a compilation of his greatest hits, all done in black. The "Funeral like" (WWD) show even used set designs from previous shows - the carousel with horses, the elevators, the escalators, last season's hotel corridors -  all rendered in shades of black. Jacobs dedicated his collection to the many women that touched his life and creative carrier in Paris.  "To the showgirl in all of us," was how he signed off his program notes.


Among the 41 looks, most were resembling Folies Bergère girls, that were riding up and down on the black escalators and elevators. All were wearing extravagant Stephen Jones-designed headpiece of ostrich plumes. Everything was heavily sequinned or beaded - heavily embellished biker jackets, sheer dresses and tops, embroidered  tights. In fact the only the only pieces that were not black and sequinned were the boyfriend jeans. You could clearly see the influence of the street in the boots and the flats, as in his NY based brand carrying his name.

LV RTW SS2014 - 2

Standing ovations concluded the show. It was an emotional good bye and one that was felt around the room. One is for sure, among the many challenges that Jacob's  successor at LV will face, is living up to such glamorous moments of fearless fashion. That wasn't a finale, but more of Fashion History recreated.

Marc Jacobs

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