(Bitter) Sweet 16: Marc Jacobs Leaves Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Spring 2014

Louis Vuitton Spring 2014

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

After a few weeks of speculation, it was confirmed today that Marc Jacobs’ showing for Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 would be his last. The designer, who has recently expanded his namesake label to include beauty, will be focusing all of his efforts on his eponymous brand, which is also owned by parent company LVMH. While Vuitton hasn’t named a successor for Jacobs, the collection he showed today at the Louvre was a look back at some of his most memorable creations for the brand.

It seems like a lifetime ago — especially in the days of instant internet gratification — that Jacobs took the helm of LV. Back in ’97, the brand was still a global powerhouse, but Marc brought the focus away from the history of the brand and instead shined the light on the brand’s ready to wear. There were always bags (Vuitton was first and foremost a luggage brand, after all) but throughout his tenure, there was definitely a shift in the label. Once regarded as a label for stuffy old women, Jacobs injected the line with street savvy thanks to collaborations with Stephen Sprouse (graffiti bags, remember?) as well as Takashi Murakami, who shook up the brand with a rainbow remix on the traditional monogram pattern.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2014

Louis Vuitton Spring 2014

Today’s show at the Louvre wasn’t a greatest hits collection, but those who follow Vuitton and Marc recognized a few throwbacks, such as the carousel from a few seasons back, a clock from the Vuitton train after that and the escalators from last fall. The clothes were mostly black, but they were anything but somber. Siting Cher, the folies bergère and Paris itself as major inspirations (and the showgirl in all of us), models came out wearing elaborate Stephen Jones headdresses done up in peacock and pheasant feathers. Biker jackets were embellished with jet beading — so were a few pairs of jeans, giving new meaning to the term “designer denim” — and models were festooned with embellished handcuffs and sparking jewels that gave them the appearance of modern Erté illustrations. To call it Jacobs’ swan song would be an understatement, especially since he’s become so much a part of the Vuitton DNA , but now with his focus set on his own line in New York, we’ll all be waiting to see what happens on this side of the Atlantic at Marc Jacobs.

Images courtesy Vogue

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