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Louis VuittonSpring Summer 2014 Paris

Runway Review
10/2/2013 Ed Kavishe/fashionwirepress.com

PARIS — Marc Jacobs, one of the greatest American talents to conquer the perilous stage of French fashion with a 16-year career as the designer of Louis Vuitton, during which he produced megahit accessories and elaborate runway spectacles, is leaving the company to focus on his signature business in New York.

Bernard Arnault, the chairman of the luxury conglomerate LVMH, said on Wednesday that the company has come to an agreement with Mr. Jacobs and that it plans to take the Marc Jacobs company public, possibly within the next three years. The Marc Jacobs business has been majority owned by LVMH for the last decade, and a public offering was described as a strategy to separate the Jacobs business from LVMH without requiring the designer to raise equity or take on other partners.

“When we started together, Marc Jacobs was a tiny little business of around $20 million,” Mr. Arnault said. “Now the totality of sales is approaching $1 billion. It has been an enormous growth.”

And it was clear to guests the moment they walked into the show, held in the Cour Carrée of the Louvre, that it was intended as a statement that it was Mr. Jacobs’s last. Inside a large tent built especially for the show was a stage that included several elements from his elaborate shows of seasons past: a functional carousel on one side, a bubbling fountain on the other, as well as escalators, two antique elevators and a large railway station clock, a memory from a show in March 2012 during which a full-scale model train pulled onto the runway, and the floor of a hotel from last year’s show in March.

All of it was painted black.

Marc's farewell letter 

This collection is dedicated to the women who inspire me and to the showgirl in every one of them, Emanuele Alt, Jane Birkin, Betty Caltroux, Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele, Coco Chanel, Cher, Grace Coddington, Sofia Coppola, Victoria de Castellane, Catherine Deneuve, Claude Lalanne, Julie de Libran, Lady Gaga, Judy Garland, Katie Grand, Juliette Greco, Francoise Hardy, Zizi Jeanmaire, Rei Kawakubo, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Kate Moss, Louise Nevelson, Edith Piaf, Miuccia Prada, Lee Radzwilli, Millicent Rogers, Sonia Rykiel, Carla Sozzani, Elsa Schiaparelli, Barbra Streisand, Diana Vreeland, Vivienne Westwood, Anna Wintour.

Whether extrovert or esoteric, they are 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 that 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. Connection on a superficial level is as honest as connecting with it on an intellectual level.

For Robert Duffy and Bernard Arnault,

All of my love 

Always

Marc.


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10/2/2013 Ed Kavishe/fashionwirepress.com

PARIS — Marc Jacobs, one of the greatest American talents to conquer the perilous stage of French fashion with a 16-year career as the designer of Louis Vuitton, during which he produced megahit accessories and elaborate runway spectacles, is leaving the company to focus on his signature business in New York.

Bernard Arnault, the chairman of the luxury conglomerate LVMH, said on Wednesday that the company has come to an agreement with Mr. Jacobs and that it plans to take the Marc Jacobs company public, possibly within the next three years. The Marc Jacobs business has been majority owned by LVMH for the last decade, and a public offering was described as a strategy to separate the Jacobs business from LVMH without requiring the designer to raise equity or take on other partners.

“When we started together, Marc Jacobs was a tiny little business of around $20 million,” Mr. Arnault said. “Now the totality of sales is approaching $1 billion. It has been an enormous growth.”

And it was clear to guests the moment they walked into the show, held in the Cour Carrée of the Louvre, that it was intended as a statement that it was Mr. Jacobs’s last. Inside a large tent built especially for the show was a stage that included several elements from his elaborate shows of seasons past: a functional carousel on one side, a bubbling fountain on the other, as well as escalators, two antique elevators and a large railway station clock, a memory from a show in March 2012 during which a full-scale model train pulled onto the runway, and the floor of a hotel from last year’s show in March.

All of it was painted black.

Marc's farewell letter 

This collection is dedicated to the women who inspire me and to the showgirl in every one of them, Emanuele Alt, Jane Birkin, Betty Caltroux, Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele, Coco Chanel, Cher, Grace Coddington, Sofia Coppola, Victoria de Castellane, Catherine Deneuve, Claude Lalanne, Julie de Libran, Lady Gaga, Judy Garland, Katie Grand, Juliette Greco, Francoise Hardy, Zizi Jeanmaire, Rei Kawakubo, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Kate Moss, Louise Nevelson, Edith Piaf, Miuccia Prada, Lee Radzwilli, Millicent Rogers, Sonia Rykiel, Carla Sozzani, Elsa Schiaparelli, Barbra Streisand, Diana Vreeland, Vivienne Westwood, Anna Wintour.

Whether extrovert or esoteric, they are 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 that 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. Connection on a superficial level is as honest as connecting with it on an intellectual level.

For Robert Duffy and Bernard Arnault,

All of my love 

Always

Marc.



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