• Live Instagram Portraits for Celebrating Monogram

    The Iconoclasts and guests of the Celebrating Monogram dinner will be invited into the portrait studio of photographer Patrick Demarchelier for a live Instagram shoot during the event.

    On November 7th a dinner will be held at the New York Museum of Modern Art, by Louis Vuitton Chairman and CEO Michael Burke and Louis Vuitton Executive Vice President Delphine Arnault in honor of Iconoclasts Christian Louboutin, Cindy Sherman, Frank Gehry, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Newson and Rei Kawakubo.

    A dedicated Celebrating Monogram portrait studio has been built inside the walls of the museum to immortalize the participants of the night. The portraits will be taken throughout the event and published directly to the Louis Vuitton Instagram account instagram.com/LouisVuitton.

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  • CODES AND SECRETS - LV THE BOOK

    An extract from the Codes and Secrets article in LV THE BOOK, Louis Vuitton's new print magazine.

    Nicolas Ghesquière’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton was an exploration of a vast land: the history of the House. “There are universal codes,” he explains, “which belong exclusively to the Maison Louis Vuitton. The objective was to reclaim them and to transpose them into a new territory.” For the designer, it was a way to pay homage to an inspirational story of savoir-faire. Prepare to follow the clues of fashion’s ultimate treasure hunt...

    *Épi leather

    An emblematic leather for Louis Vuitton, its graphic texture instantly appealed to Nicolas Ghesquière, who used it as one of the leitmotifs of his fashion show. Épi, a star of the 1980s, made its comeback in a more diagonal form on the “Petite Malle” bag in cherry red. It also cropped up on shoes and boots in both matte and glossy variants – the latter known as “Épi électrique” for its mesmerizing reflections when it moves and catches the light. Épi is also to be found on jewellery, like an imprint left by time, both ageless and timeless.

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  • CELEBRATING MONOGRAM – REI KAWAKUBO

    Louis Vuitton asks a new generation of image-makers to contribute to the visualisation of the project Celebrating Monogram.

    Rei Kawakubo's iconoclastic aesthetic and her love of black has changed the wider notion of beauty in fashion since she first founded her label over forty years ago. She is renowned for breaking traditions and pushing the limits of creativity and that is exactly what she tried to do with her design for the Celebrating Monogram commission.

    Photographer Jennifer Livingston is best known for her voyeuristic and fashionable 'caught' moments. In her series of images of Rei Kawakubo's design, she uses light and shadow to emphasise the new form of the bag that has been created and the way that the traditions of design have been intentionally broken.

    Discover more about the Celebrating Monogram project HERE.

    Tags Leather Goods, Celebrating Monogram, Monogram, Rei Kawakubo

  • CELEBRATING MONOGRAM – MARC NEWSON

    As part of the Celebrating Monogram project, Louis Vuitton has appointed six photographers and directors to tell Creative Stories for each of the six Iconoclasts.

    Acclaimed as one of the most influential industrial designers of his generation, Marc Newson accepted the invitation to join the Celebrating Monogram project, he set out to create a truly functional object; the result is this pure, sculptural backpack. “I wanted to explore the Monogram's functional qualities. If you go back to the reason why the Monogram canvas was invented, it’s because it’s durable and it’s weather proof; but I wanted it to be fun as well—I don’t like when things take themselves too seriously.”

    This double approach can easily be found in Michael Avedon’s photographic interpretation of the collaboration. A native New Yorker, photographer Michael Avedon (grandson of the late, great Richard Avedon) works primarily with black & white 35mm and medium format film; this series allows him a new maneuver to move forward with his exploratory approach.

    Discover more about the Celebrating Monogram project HERE.

    Tags Leather Goods, Celebrating Monogram, Monogram, Marc Newson, Photography

  • CELEBRATING MONOGRAM – KARL LAGERFELD

    Louis Vuitton asks a new generation of image-makers to contribute to the visualisation of the project Celebrating Monogram.

    When asked about his design for the Celebrating Monogram project, Karl Lagerfeld responded with the quote from Voltaire, "Everything which needs an explanation, isn't worth the explanation." His boxing designs for the collaboration are a playful interpretation of the Monogram with each detail and design imagined to the smallest detail.

    This collaboration is captured by New York based photographer Colin Dodgson who is known for capturing the vitality of youth and fashion with frankness. His photographs of Saskia de Brauw and Karl Lagerfeld's innovative designs of the Monogram display the casual sophistication and sly humour for which he is recognised.

    Discover more about the Celebrating Monogram project HERE.

    Tags Leather Goods, Celebrating Monogram, Monogram, Karl Lagerfeld, Video