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Who are you? Louis Vuitton’s celebration of monogram

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So here’s something I never knew: Karl Lagerfeld was once a boxer! Hence his monogrammed Louis Vuitton boxing gloves and punchbag as his contribution to the latest Louis Vuitton collaboration, Celebrating Monogram. It’s a pretty great project, not just because of the breadth of talent that was called upon to take part (Cindy Sherman! Rei Kawakubo! Frank Gehry!), but for the end results as well.

Quick recap: To mark its 160th anniversary, Louis Vutton asked its favourite creatives to reimagine its classic monogram in a bag or accessory of their choice. Being Vuitton of course, there were no limits. Sherman wins the prize for most spectacular – she produced an astonishing dress-up trunk with drawers for various costume props, a light-up mirror, a detachable case and a messenger bag. Gehry’s offering was a ‘Twisted Box’, like his buildings it’s beautifully wonky but utterly elegant. And Louboutin’s ‘Classic Caddy’, the campest of shopping trollies is arguably the most fun and commercial.

For me, this motley assortment of monogrammed treasures amounts to a study of identity. For what else do monograms stand for but a representation of who we are? And in this case, how we see ourselves. It also sums up where we are in the world right now – doesn’t everything come back to identity? And it’s interesting to see these designers and brands looking at themselves through the products of another brand. “It was like going to school. You have a sort of duty: You have to marry your own identity with a strong identity, which is Louis Vuitton’s. That was the homework,” Christian Louboutin told the New York Times. I noticed too that a lot of these special creations come with a mirror, should you want to regard your reflection and ponder ‘who am I?’ (Or simply reapply your lipstick in the most fabulous way.)

Of all the bags, the one I’m determined to get my hands on is the Rei Kawakubo. With its cut-out holes (that look a bit like a screamy face), it’s  a perfect union of Comme idiosyncracy with the most classic of Vuitton ‘Sac Plat’ totes. And making the dust bag part of the design is typical Comme topsy-turvy, back-to-front thinking…

REI KAWAKUBO’S BAG WITH HOLES
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FRANK GEHRY’S TWISTED BOX
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CINDY SHERMAN’S STUDIO IN A TRUNK
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CHRISTIAN LOUBUTIN CLASSIC CADDY
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KARL LAGERFELD’S PUNCHING BAG
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MARC NEWSON’S FLEECE BACKPACK
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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Louis Vuitton

The DRG Style Index: Marques’Almeida X Topshop, Louis Vuitton, J. Crew, Farfetch Discover, Shinola, Christopher Kane X NARS

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The DRG STYLE INDEX has been on hiatus for a couple of weeks while Fashion Month took over. But it’s back with this week’s round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. ON YOUR MARKS FOR MARQUES’ALMEIDA X TOPSHOP

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Roll on October 9th. Marques’Almeida’s 68-piece collection for Topshop is looking pretty good, with all the M’A hallmarks intact. Shredded denim, delicious true-blue washes, an overall rough-n-ready aesthetic…watch this one fly. (P.S, if you’re eyeing up the parka, be fast, it’s predicted to go first…) Continue reading

Harrods’ new shoe floor is retail heaven

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Will we ever tire of buying shoes? Judging by the last few years, it would appear our appetites are bigger than ever. Each shiny new footwear department (some big enough to have their own postcode), mall and ecom site just opens up more possibility, choice and downright longing.

Harrods’ Shoe Heaven floor has become a thing of legend and it’s only just opened. Continue reading

A decade of Dover Street Market

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Oh, what a busy year it’s proving to be for London’s Dover Street Market. This month marks its tenth year and to celebrate it’s doing what it does best, collaborating with its fashion friends to create more retail excitement than ever.

Let’s not forget, when Dover Street Market opened in 2004 it was the first store of its kind, a weird and wonderful melange of mega-brands, just-emerging designers and street wear – ever changing and always unpredictable. Twice a year it operates its ‘tachiagari‘, shutting up shop for three days while it installs a completely new vision for the new season.

This year, following its tachiagari in July, it’s shaken things up again by adding a scattering of ‘market stalls’ (complete with striped awnings) selling DSM souvenirs to delight the store’s avid retail tourists. Continue reading

The Louis Vuitton dream coat

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This is possibly my favourite coat from the AW14 collections. It’s men’s, it’s double-face cashmere, it’s Louis Vuitton and it’s way out of my budget.

It’s perfect though. I love this style of overcoat and the maroon stripes add a bit of old school military flavour (by way of Helmut Lang). I also like the styling with the wool and alpaca scarf layered underneath. Continue reading

Fashion meets art: my collection is bigger than yours

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Nope, still not bored with this year’s fashion-art love affair. Which is just as well as it’s only set to intensify. Late October sees the big reveal of the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum in Paris (above), showcasing the LVMH corporate collection of art. The 126,000 square foot ‘glass cloud’ is rumoured to be the venue for the next Vuitton womenswear show, so expect your Instagram feed to be flooded with art-fashion-architecture amazingess of the highest order… Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: LOUIS VUITTON, YAHOO, LUCKY, MARC JACOBS

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. DOVER STREET MARKET LONDON HOSTS ITS FIRST ‘EPHEMERAL’ VUITTON STORE

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Louis Vuitton has just opened its first London ephemeral store (don’t call it a pop-up)  at Dover Street Market. Stocked with the best bits from Nicolas Ghesquiere’s debut Vuitton collection, this is the first chance to snatch up those covetable (and probably collectible) runway pieces. Continue reading

On Louis Vuitton and creativity in advertising

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I’ve finally seen the much talked-about Louis Vuitton ‘series 1′ ad campaign on a printed page and my favourite images by far are the ones of Charlotte Gainsbourg by Annie Leibowitz. Which surprised me as I expected to be more excited by Juergen Teller and Bruce Weber. I love Gainsbourg shot in an artist’s studio setting (whose, I wonder?*) but mostly it’s the muted, moody lighting. It feels personal, warm and portrait-y where the others feel like fashion shoots. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Public School for J Crew, Alexander Olch, My-Wardrobe, Louis Vuitton, Chanel

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It’s the eve of London Collections: Men, so the latest DRG STYLE INDEX is a little bit menswear focussed. Here’s my ranking of the brands on my radar this week…

1) J CREW X PUBLIC SCHOOL

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Every good menswear designer knows there’s more money to be made from womenswear. So naturally it makes sense for (newly crowned CFDA Menswear Designer Of The Year) Public School to work with J Crew on this womenswear collab. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: THE ROW, MOYNAT, LOUIS VUITTON, DELVAUX

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My weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranks the brand stories that have most resonated with me, in order of interest. This week it’s all about timeless luxury and buying the best you can get…

1. THE ROW’S NEW RETAIL HAVEN

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That’s it. My bags are packed and I’m moving into The Row’s new modernist Melrose Place flagship right now. It has a pool, people! Continue reading

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