There are few fashion week shows that acquire the cult status mostly for what they stand for. As we saw (yeah, okay buffered on the internet), the sixteen years of Marc Jacobs' showmanship at LVMH flashed before us over 41 intricately designed outfits, it made us realize, there is no better way for this term to end. As much as it is a loss that Louis Vuitton would definitely feel considering the energy and the insane contemporary fashion and cultural aesthetics that Jacobs pumped into the Louis Vuitton brand, we wait on the IPO for Marc's own brand Marc Jacobs to begin of which LVMH is also an investor. Like they say, every dark cloud has a silver lining.
While reading up on him and fishing out old pieces on his work, I chanced upon this stellar piece here, dated circa last year when Louvre's Musee des Arts Decoratifs saw an exhibition to exalt and juxtapose what Marc Jacobs brought to Louis Vuitton's vision. It makes you realize how important it is to build upon a strong foundation that a brand exists upon. Its equally important to extend that vision into your personal ideas and inspirations as a Creative Director. Just what Marc Jacobs brought to Louis Vuitton's strongly cemented foundation from around the time haute couture Parisienne was born can be seen over the sixteen years of highly commendable Ready-to-Wear and the iconic LV-hologrammed leather goods.
The show could easily be described in two words: Eerily surreal. While the two words together bring in their individual meaning and elements, as a description they are the ideal match for a gothic glam vanity fair.
The set was a labyrinth of escalators, elevators, carousels, fountains and Mongolian rugs. A final tribute to all the sets he ever created as a part of Louis Vuitton's magic land, this show surpassed it all. The key elements of his final bow at the Paris Fashion Week included embellishments of crystals and feathers over tulle dresses, leotards and jackets with Over-the-top exaggerated shoulder embellishments bringing back the '20s, slouchy pants and bucket bags with plenty of crystal embellishments. The highlight could not possibly be anything else other than the neatly assembled feather plumes on the models' heads. The make up included blanched faces with an iridescent glow. With the Louis Vuitton grandfather clock turning ten, let the show begin. :)
|My favourite piece. Flapper feel to a sporty numbered jersey!|
Images courtesy: Style.com
To the sixteen years of spectacular shows and bringing that larger-than-life fashion era to Louis Vuitton. To the man who is truly one of the most influential people in the world today.
To the showgirl in all of us. Leaving us with some last minute wisdom.