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LVMH announced today that, after sixteen years at the helm at Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs will be stepping down from his post in order to focus on his namesake brand, which WWD reports he’s taking public. The news broke following Jacobs’ Spring ’14 show for Vuitton, and while rumors that Nicolas Ghesquière will replace Jacobs have been circulating, LVMH has yet to name a successor.
Before Jacobs was appointed as the brand’s first creative director in 1997, the house was all about its iconic, monogrammed handbags and travel trunks. There was no Louis Vuitton ready-to-wear—no epic Paris fashion week sets, no Kate Moss cameos, no clothes. Jacobs’ debut Fall 1998 collection, which he showed sans music in Paris, was sheer minimalism, and a far cry from the opulent affairs he’s turned out in recent years. However, now, almost two decades later, Jacobs has transformed Vuitton from an old-world purveyor of superluxury travel goods to an international house at the forefront of fashion. Who could forget his artist collaborations, which he began with Stephen Sprouse’s graffitied handbags in Spring 2001? Or that time in 2010 when he dared to celebrate supermodels’ cleavage? And what would we talk about post-PFW if it weren’t for his outrageous runways (Fall 2012′s LV locomotive, anyone?)? Just in case your memory’s a little hazy, we’ve revisited Jacobs’ most unforgettable moments—sartorial and otherwise—from his time at Louis Vuitton. Click through our slideshow to see all his greatest hits.
The woman who wears Louis Vuitton high jewelry tends not to be a shrinking violet. With that in mind, this week the house presented Chain Attraction, a collection of twenty or so “powerful jewels for powerful women.”
Four major groups offered various takes on the medallion anchored by exceptional stones weighing in at over 20 carats, such as the Hologram necklace with a square-cut central neon-blue tourmaline and morganites. The seventies-leaning Talisman strung with rosy-beige moonstones is set with a rare imperial topaz whose color seems to fill the diamond-lined hollows of the Monogram flower surrounding it. The graphic Hypnose (in diamonds, onyx, emeralds, and black Tahitian pearls) nods to op art, while the collection’s biggest showpiece was part of the Attraction set: a tangerine Mandarin garnet was the focal point of the chain necklace, which also twinkled with diamonds, garnet beads, and links set with blazing opals. Meanwhile, previous collections in the Louis Vuitton universe are expanding quietly, with a pixelated diamond-and-emerald bracelet joining the Voyage Dans le Temps story, or a chunky 3-D cuff in calibrated diamonds and rubies.
Following months of rumors, reports this morning suggest that Marc Jacobs—who has served as Louis Vuitton’s creative director since 1997—may not renew his contract with the storied French house. French publication Challenges asserted that Jacobs’ departure had already been approved internally. Furthermore, an anonymous source hinted to Reuters that Nicolas Ghesquière was being considered as Jacobs’ replacement. Another source, however, stated that “nothing has been decided yet.” Vuitton and Jacobs—who is set to show his Spring ’14 collection for the house on Wednesday, October 2—have yet to comment on the potential shake-up.
Nothing says “alpha female” quite like two rows of buttons. Balenciaga, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Versace—we noticed a sharp uptick in double-breasted power suits in the Resort collections. More surprising, celebrities have taken to the look, too. Kristen Stewart turned up at the Chanel Haute Couture show in a snug quilted jacket fresh off the label’s Cruise runway (paired with barely there micro shorts), and Aimee Mullins worked the Cannes red carpet in a black-and-white Emilio Pucci two-piecer. Designers like Christopher Kane and Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg, meanwhile, offered modern spins on the classic with a Prince of Wales check shift dress and a cute romper, respectively.
Worn by cowboys, bandits, protesters, punks, and hip-hoppers alike, bandannas have earned a rebellious rep over the years. This summer, fashion has latched onto the rule-breaking look. Perennial street-style favorite Hanne Gaby Odiele pioneered the trend back in February, when she was snapped sporting a standard-issue black kerchief on multiple occasions in Paris. Since then, designers have taken up hankies, too. Andreas Melbostad’s recent Resort collection for Diesel Black Gold included a graphic black-and-white print that resembled, as he put it, an “aggressive bandanna.” And at the menswear shows at the end of last month, Kim Jones featured the classic paisley motif in his Louis Vuitton lineup, while Hedi Slimane sent models rocking rockabilly red scarves down the Saint Laurent runway. They were big with the street-style set, too.