If you follow me on social media then you would already know how I feel about this show, as Ive tweeted it, Facebooked it and Instagrammed it in an effort to get the entire world to see it, as it is without a shadow of a doubt one of the greatest moments in fashion. Yes Marc Jacobs is leaving louis Vuitton and it would be remiss of me not to give this the attention that it deserves, so I will do so in a focused post, over the next few days. But for now, lets just appreciate the greatness of his final collection for the luxury label.
Known in the fashion world as one of the great showmen, always willing to confront controversy and issues head on, Jacob’s last show for LV acted as a ‘greatest hits’ or ‘best of’ collection, drawing on his greatest achievements & seasons past for inspiration while also adding a touch of Americana to show where his future is now headed. Guests to the show were welcomed to the Paris venue which had (on the outside) been covered in pink fabric with maids dusting away at the stairs as they entered. Once inside, the great hall was transformed into a dark luxurious amalgamation of some of Jacobs great runway moments of seasons past, but this time, all tinged in black, ending Jacobs 16 years at the house, very much in the same way that the end of a film fades to black.
The tone of impending drama was set by an elaborate dark Carousel (LV Spring 2012) that shared centre stage with a beautiful black fountain (LV Fall 2010) and models made their way upstairs (yes this was a double story situation) via the elegant lifts (LV Fall 2011) before landing in the hotel corridor (LV Fall 2013). Once they made their way along the landing past the hotel doors, models then descended back down via the blackened escalators (LV Spring 2012) all the while under the watchful eye of the Louis Vuitton clock (LV Fall 2012). To say the runway was extravagant would be an understatement and despite the blackness of the show, there was a forward moving feel about the collection, something that signalled change while also celebrating Jacobs time with the brand, honouring his showmanship tendencies. All models were equipped with Stephen Jones designed head pieces involving elaborate ostrich feathers while most looks were made up of varying combinations of mesh, embellishment, feathers and embossed leather, some of which reignited past ideas and concepts with nostalgia, such as the first external collaboration for LV under Marc Jacobs, the famous graffiti print.
The show to end all shows, and also the show to (nearly) end Paris fashion week for 2014. If you’ve not yet watched the video of the show, then I urge you do so and you can watch it here. I will post it here on the blog as soon as it becomes available too!
Marc dedicated the show: “For the showgirl in all of us”
All images from style.com, vogue.com