Not to be outdone by its menswear division, which created havoc with its Fall/Winter 2017 Supreme collaboration, Louis Vuitton has teamed up with Jeff Koons for a special "Masters" womenswear collaboration. The Paris-based brand and its creative director Nicolas Ghesquière have enlisted the famed New York-based artist – who is probably best known for his colorful, oversized balloon animal sculptures – to collaborate on a collection of handbags all bearing classic art, such as the Mona Lisa and Von Gogh's Wheat Field with Cypresses.
According to our sources, the industry's top editors were invited to preview the collaboration before the house's Fall/Winter 2017 womenswear show, which was unveiled at the Louvre in March, but were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements and refrain from taking/sharing photographs. Vogue was given the exclusive right to announce the collab.
UPDATE (4/11/2017): According to a statement from Louis Vuitton, "Koons has brought imagery from his long-standing 'Grazing Ball' painting - a series of large-scale hand-painted reproductions of works by Old Masters - to a range of Louis Vuitton products."
The collection will be available exclusively in select Louis Vuitton stores on April 28, and ranges in price from $585 (for keychains ring) to $4,000 (for a large carryall).
Per Vogue: "Fragonard’s circa-1770 Girl with Dog receives the Koons treatment for the occasion, making a cameo on this top-handle canvas satchel in a saccharine palette borrowed from a patisserie counter. Call Koons’s insouciant interventions—Fragonard emblazoned in a bold metallic typeface and a tag dangling with the silhouette of a pink inflatable rabbit—the latest mash-up in the ongoing art-meets-fashion frolics."
* This article was initially published on March 7, 2017.