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There are open-house visits, and then there are open-house visits hosted by LVMH. Les Journées Particulières translates literally as “Particular Days.” But in French it suggests a broader notion that encompasses heritage and rarity, making it a fitting title for Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy’s all-access weekend, during which it welcomed the public to peek into the workings of its brands.
Conceived by Antoine Arnault, the first Les Journées Particulières, in 2011, drew an impressive 100,000 visitors across all of its twenty-five locations. After skipping last year, the free event returned on Saturday with an expanded presence: forty-four venues throughout Europe, from the Glenmorangie distillery in the Scottish Highlands to the Fendi leather-goods factory near Florence. Of those, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, and Christian Dior in Paris span more than 150 years of fashion savoir faire, innovation, and iconic style.
The Kenzo walk-through began in the courtyard of a building that dates back to the mid-seventeenth century. The brand’s spirit announced itself upon entering into a corridor covered in the upcoming Fall ’13 motif: a pattern of eyes wide open. Wink, wink. We see you! Next up: a tableau vivant featuring five members of the studio team, including a specialist who forms the toile and the “mécanicien” who ensures that the pattern and fabric match perfectly. A futuristic hologram video of the Fall women’s collection, with a custom M.I.A. track, confirmed that Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are thinking as much about the digital universe as the one that is hands-on. Continue Reading “LVMH Takes Us Behind the Curtain” »
In case it wasn’t clear after Raf Simons’ first couture collection last year, Dior kind of has a thing for gardens. Case in point: The house’s latest film, which, debuting exclusively above, is actually the sequel to last year’s Secret Garden short. Lensed by Inez & Vinoodh and set to some haunting (but still dance-inducing) Depeche Mode, the mini-movie stars Daria Strokous as a reincarnation of Marie Antoinette. Filmed at Versailles, the short shows Strokous leaping through the palace, creeping through a forest, and frolicking at some kind of evil, enchanted garden party. Considering the model was filmed on location at the decadent queen’s abode, decked from head to toe in Dior’s Fall ’13 wares, we can’t imagine it was too hard for her to get into character.