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Marc Jacobs Loves Louis Vuitton…..15 Years of Reinvention……


Look at the time already…………once again those blog post entries are adding up…..but even with so much excitement going right now, I can barely think of not writing…..I am sad to say a few exciting things have gone on in my Paris adventure that I am not allowed to blog, but many others I can share…..beginning with the amazing show on at the Musée Les Arts Decoratifs…….15 years of Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, what began as a very sober, modernist start….and at the time a little unthinkable, after all here was the most downtown of New York designers taking over as the Creative Director of a company, so established and set in their culture and history, that it seemed impossible he could even changed it, let alone lead the revolution and add a clothing collection for the first time, which is the LV we see today……I remember seeing just a fraction of that first collection….so exquisite and simple, not unlike the love of minimalism that is the strong hold of fashion right now……but of course a man who can put Minnie Mouse ears on the catwalk wasn’t going to remain a shy type for too long…..Marc Jacobs brought the East and West Village to Paris and something you experience as you enter the second floor of this exhibition……it’s impossible to say what is more amazing in this show….to see the history and values of LV, is breathtaking….their early innovations were modern and luxurious, much like today……but walking into Marc Jacobs live visual reference room, was like walking into one of the rooms in my own head….for he had added not just photographs of style icons, but segments from classic films new and old, and anyone who put’s Bob Fosses’s, All That Jazz and Cabaret in prominent display has a fan in me……there was the little orphan Annie mixed with a 1960′s Barbara Streisand mixed with a dance scene of Studio 54 mixed with Sponge Bob Square Pants, of course………it was simply intoxicating….and having been working on my own visual references this last month, seeing this, made we wish, we could all present it in such a way…….this was followed by the hall of fame of handbags, which now seem so normal but each caused it’s own stir at the time of release, my all time favourite is Julie Verhoeven’s animal patchwork bag….still gold! But then came the clothes, and for once a fashion exhibition lived up to it’s original presentation……with little golden plaques to guide you the way, not unlike his other favourite, Wizard of Oz, the selection on display seemed small, simply because you were left wanting more……the rotating mechanical legs doing a sort of post modern Busby Berkeley dance, was the greatest display of shoes I have ever seen……more than pictures I wish I could show you video footage, perhaps on a return visit!

Les Arts Decoratifs, 107-111, rue de Rivoli, Paris, 75001


  1. gill wrote:

    I just read about this in last month’s Australian Vogue. I bet it was as good as the McQueen exhibition in NYC! xx

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 4:02 am | Permalink
  2. Rebecca wrote:

    I’m there in June!!! Top of the list of things to do in a 3 day stopover – cant wait!

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 3:09 am | Permalink

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