It’s easy to forget that Marc Jacob’s early shows for Vuitton were much more pared back than what we see now. There are hardly any catwalk pictures online from that time but I absolutely love this video of the AW 1998 Louis Vuitton show (above), featuring Naomi Campbell, Kirsten Owen and a demure-looking Gisele. Any of these looks would easily look current today.
Beauty snippets: Marc Jacobs Beauty, Michelle Phan, L’Oreal Nail Art, Michael Kors, Black beauty, meet the perfumers
MICHELLE PHAN LAUNCHED A MAKE-UP LINE – AND SHOWS YOU HOW TO DEFINE YOUR NOSTRILS
Youtube sensation Michelle Phan just launched her own make-up brand. The 250-product collection called ‘Em’, is backed by L’Oreal and launched yesterday. It’s being pitched as a ‘co-created by the community’ line, based as it is on feedback collated by Phan throughout her vlogging career. Find it on Emcosmetics.com. (more…)
We’ve finally got a first look at Marc Jacobs’ make-up line, launching at Sephora in August.
The range is extensive and colourful because Jacobs think ‘natural is a little lazy’. There will be foundations, concealers, powders, lip colours, eyeliners, eye shadows, nail polishes and bronzers. And it looks as if they’re going to market some of the products as unisex, including the Lip Lock Moisture Balm, Brow Tamer Grooming Gel, and Remedy Concealer Pen (maybe we’ll see Harry Brant in the ad campaign). (more…)
This year I feel like I’ve bought more coffee table books than clothes. Books feel like a justafiable luxury as they’re educational as well as beautiful objects. For example this work of art:
Good news for bibliophiles like me then, that Marc Jacobs
is opening *has opened a London outpost of his Bookmarc store in the basement of Marc by Marc Jacobs in South Audley Street. This store has always sold a great selection of art, fashion and photography books but Bookmarc will sell even more in its own designated area. As Marc Jacobs’ Robert Duffy says, “I find that people are buying [books] and they’re not questioning why they’re buying it. When you want a book, you want a book, and there’s a certain satisfaction you get. You can’t wait to get home to look at it.” Too true. Even better news; there’s a Paris branch to follow…
*UPDATE: According to Vogue, the store is already up and running
[Top photo: WWD]
Despite the intensive schedule of shows and fashiony events, I made a big effort to see some exhibitions in Paris. Of course, I had to start with a fashion one so off I went to the Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibition at Les Arts Decoratifs. As expected, I found myself more drawn to the first half of the exhibition which explores the innovation of luggage-maker Mr Louis Vuitton himself. This was a fascinating history and design lesson and showed great exhibits like the original ‘Never Full’ bag (below) and the trunk that turns in a bed. The giant animation was also quite something to behold. (more…)
Like Cartier, Louis Vuitton has produced a ‘fashion film’ that celebrates the brand’s heritage. Unlike Cartier’s lavish epic of special effects, Louis Vuitton has chosen to tell its story through animation. It’s pretty cool…
The film celebrates the launch of the ‘Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs‘ exhibition that opens in Paris on Friday. Included in the Marc Jacobs part of the exhibition are a feast of multi media displays including a giant Tumblr page that will show some of the images and objects that makes up Jacobs’ style aesthetic. The Louis Vuitton part highlights the innovation of Louis Vuitton the man, who worked with the newest materials of the time and used design to answer a traveller’s needs (hence a trunk that turns into a bed – sheer genius). While Marc Jacobs has undoubtedly done some great things for Vuitton (hello Sprouse graffiti print), his style of design doesn’t really answer problems in the way that the original Vuitton designer did. I would love to see a guest project where industrial designers create LV fashion items that really have a useful function
other than in addition to making us look pretty.
*Celine dress with Sofia Coppola for Louis Vuitton shoes
An article in the FT this weekend examined the current flurry of high fashion and Disney collaborations. As well as recent collaborators Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Mawi and Chopard (who will launch a lavish €30,000 Mickey-themed collection in October), Disney’s vice-president of European consumer products, Marc Low revealed a couple of wish list names that Disney would love to partner with. “We would love to work with Marc Jacobs,” said Low, “he takes so much inspiration from the character world. Louis Vuitton is also a brand we’d love to work with for handbags.”
Disney are super strict about who they partner with as the company’s successes are built on its wholesome, family image and it steers clear of controversy. While I wouldn’t say that Marc was the squeakiest of designers, I think he would do something spectacular and highly collectible with Disney. It would certainly be preferable to SpongeBob SquarePants.
Who would be your dream high fashion Disney hook-up?
Could Mulberry be any more like the British version of Marc by Marc Jacobs (well, creative director Emma Hill did used to work there)? The youthful styling, the quirky branding, the cult status handbags, the It Girl following … it’s certainly ticking all the right boxes. (more…)
Just as we get nicely comfortable with the idea of fashion for all, the goal posts shift again. Fashion’s Night Out was a fabulously jolly affair with customers, celebs and designers all happily sharing the same breathing space. This round of fashion weeks will have more brands than ever live-streaming their shows, while a number of designers and CEOs also tweet from behind the scenes (hello @vbfashionweek, @MarcJacobsInt). Marc Jacobs’ tweeter, CEO Robert Duffy has also been giving away bags and surfboards (eh?) to lucky tweeters, creating quite the fashion frenzy. Very caring, very sharing.
But just when it was getting so cosy and democratic – BAM! – all change. Yes Burberry is live streaming its show online and broadcasting it on screens in-store but those in-store iPads aren’t just for any old civilian. No, the in-store treatment is for a select few privileged customers, so while they get to watch, shop and quaff champagne in the luxe surroundings of Burberry’s serene-but-sexy temples, the rest can press their noses against the window and like it will have to make do with their iPad at home on the DFS with a cup of PG Tips for company.
Tom Ford made his much anticipated and (not-very-well-kept) secret comeback yesterday during New York Fashion Week and what a to-do there was. No live-streaming for Ford. Instead there was a small salon-style show where only a handful of VIP press were present and they were strictly instructed that “all photographic and recording devices are prohibited. Thank you.”
Ford introduced each outfit modelled by an all-star cast including Beyonce, Lauren Hutton and Julianne Moore. How thrilling! And the outfits? Well we won’t be seeing those for quite some time, the official pictures were taken by Terry Richardson (allegedly for French Vogue) and are embargoed until next year. Blimey, New York Fashion Week has never been this exciting. Ford has clearly decided that all this ‘fashion for everyone’ guff has reached its tipping point and is leading the charge in the opposite direction. At his preposterously luxe end of the market, he’s making a case for super-exclusivity, the kind where customers are more than happy to pay for the privilege of wearing something that’s not been seen on every other Tom, Dick and Sharon.
Is Ford onto something here? It was noted recently that Chanel has scissored its sample sale guest list. The Chanel sample sale invitation is already one of the most coveted perks in the fashion and beauty business and invitations are like gold dust. The culling of the list sent out a firm message; for all that they may be embracing bloggers, setting up etail sites and interacting on Facebook, there’s no doubt that exclusivity still has meaning for luxury fashion brands. Just ask Tom.