Today, Marc Jacobs confirmed that he is leaving Louis Vuitton to focus on his namesake brand and taking it public, and he showed his final collection for Louis Vuitton today. A quick reminder: when Jacobs entered Louis Vuitton in 1997, the house did not have a womenswear collection, and this marked the beginning of a period of rapid growth for the design house and for the luxury sector in general. The period also marked the beginning of an intense competition between LVMH and the then-PPR (now Kering). As you are seeing the fruits of today, Mr. Jacobs’s tenure at Vuitton is certainly one of the most successful examples of a revival of a historic French house. Vuitton’s ready-to-wear has become a substantial business, its accessories have been the most important money makers for LVMH, including collaborations with Mr. Sprouse and the artists Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince, which were pioneered by Jacobs.
See his entire final collection below, a not-so-coincidental ensemble of all-black looks, Marc's final bow (notice he opted for a suit, a bit more formal than his as usual choice of pajamas) and read the show notes (aka a love letter to those who have inspired Jacobs, such as the Cher, Kate Moss, Coco Chanel, and the Vogue rivals Emmanuelle Alt and Anna Wintour, among others) below ...
“This collection is dedicated to the women who inspire me and to the showgirl in every one of them, Emmanuelle Alt, Jane Birkin, Betty Catroux, Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele, Coco Chanel, Cher, Grace Coddington, Sofia Coppola, Victoire de Castellane, Catherine Deneuve, Claude Lalanne, Julie de Libran, Lady Gaga, Judy Garland, Katie Grand, Juliette Gréco, Françoise Hardy, Zizi Jeanmaire,Rei Kawakubo, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Kate Moss, Louise Nevelson, Edith Piaf, Miuccia Prada,Lee Radziwill, Millicent Rogers, Sonia Rykiel, Carla Sozzani, Elsa Schiaparelli, Barbra Streisand, Diana Vreeland, Vivienne Westwood, Anna Wintour. Whether extrovert or esoteric, they are the figures that keep visual language vital. Their style, imagination, creativity, talent, vision and voice have changed our landscape.
When I look around Paris it isn’t the depth of the city that takes my breath away. It’s the decoration and the applied ornamentation that dazzles. It is not about thinking, it is about feeling. There may be no deeper sensation than this when it hits. While designing this collection the same instinct gathered momentum. I take pleasure from things for exactly what they are, revelling in the pure adornment of beauty for beauty’s sake. Connecting with something on a superficial level is as honest as connecting with it on an intellectual level.
To the showgirl in all of us. Marc. ”