Louis Vuitton Damier Nemeth Rope Collection

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You’ve already seen the Monogram World Tour collection, Louis Vuitton’s dedicated Christmas collection created specially for the ladies (and boys who love their Monogram Canvas). Now feast your eyes on the men’s equivalent, which is basically a mash-up between something old and something new.

The old (or in this case, classic is the Damier Graphite coated-canvas), given new life with something new, a reanimation of a previous collaboration with artist Christopher Nemeth. Featuring his distinct rope print, the Damier Nemeth Rope collection, as it is called, comes in 2 colour combinations, a blue rope print on Damier Graphite, as well as a red rope print on other pieces.

Besides bags in at least 4 different styles (there are 2 backpacks, a messenger and a Keepall all adorned with the rope print), there’s also a huge variety of SLGs, which in my opinion are always welcome stocking stuffers.

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From the Damier Graphite Rope Bleu Ambler (a generously-proportioned bumbag, if you must know) that retails for SGD2200 to the PF Slender(LV’s standard 8 card billfold wallet, SGD745) and Zippy Coin Purse(SGD610), you’ll be hard-pressed to find a style not to your liking, especially with the variety of styles available.


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Then there are these, from the classic Zippy Organiser Wallet (SGD1440) to the PF Brazza in Brazza Damier Graphite Rope Rouge (a long wallet with a single zip compartment on the inside), one of the styles I swear by that retails for just SGD1030. And in case you’re in the market for a new zip portfolio, the Pochette Jour GM (shown at the top of this post, SGD1010) is a good option, the 34 cm by 25 cm case big enough for say, a MacBook Air.Or an iPad, documents and then some, but you know what I mean. But if you want something from LV but this is just not your thing, hit this link and check out the other new crowd favourite from the French luxury house this season, Monogram Eclipse.

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LOUIS VUITTON LUXURIOUS ROLLING LUGGAGE

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Eclipse: Travel With Horizon

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The Horizon, also known as the luxurious rolling luggage designed by Marc Newson for Louis Vuitton, is quite simply a sight to behold inMonogram Eclipse. Basically the Black/Grey rendition of Monogram Canvas(you would know this if you’ve read the first and second posts of this series), you could say it has come full circle as far the Horizon is concerned.

In honour of his late father Louis Vuitton, who started the business making travelling trunks for the crème de la crème of society, Georges Vuitton created and dedicated the Monogram Canvas pattern to him all those years ago. Today, it continues to adorn the luggage pieces of modern travellers, with this being one of them.

Only available in size 55 as far as the Horizon in Monogram Eclipse is concerned, it’s only an ultra-light piece of the luggage, the SGD4250luggage measuring some 55 cm by 39 cm by 21 cm is also the ideal carry-on size for most airlines. Framed by a cane handle that tucks away completely when not in use, the larger than normal handle isn’t big just from a design perspective, it also allows for eased manoeuvrability. And with the 4 compact wheels at the bottom, moving from point to point within the airport (even if you’re in hurry and with a full luggage) would be easy.

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On the inside you’ll find generous compartments that are also flat, which is possible only because the cane handle is positioned at the sides and not in the middle like most other four-wheeled luggages. Finished with a pull zipper closure padlock system that’s also TSA-approved, this is the perfect carry-on for the executive on the go, shuttling from city to city on an almost weekly basis.

For this, and more pieces from the Monogram Eclipse collection, you can follow this link to have a look. Better yet, pop into Louis Vuitton boutiques across the island, including ION Orchard, Marina Bay Sands and Ngee Ann City to see how tradition and modernity have combined to culminate in the most beautiful effect.

Louis Vuitton has launched an innovative new line of rolling trunks for the 21st century traveler. Imagined by Marc Newson, widely acknowledged as the most influential industrial designer of his generation, the Horizon collection optimizes travel with sophistication and flare. 

Harking back to the original trunks, Horizon is the first four-wheeled case with a completely flat back shell which allows for optimized space. Every detail from the new line exudes innovation and lightness – from the new discreet TSA-approved lock to the most comfortable wheels ever designed by Louis Vuitton, the new trunks are on the cutting edge of travel. A range of special accessories have been created to pair with the luggage. All items are available at Aventura Mall at the end of September.

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The trunk comes in three sizes, mini 50 x 35 x 20 cm, cabin 55 x 39 x 21 cm and maxi 68x 46 x 26 cm.
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The new luggage comes in a variety of prints including: Monogram canvas, Monogram Eclipse, Damier Graphite, Taiga leather and are available in 7 colors all comprised of Epi and in natural cowhide leather.  At a later date an entirely laser engraved monogram titanium trunk will be added to the collection.
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The completely flat back of this Horizon 55 in Monogram Canvas provides for ultimate travel ease while four miniature wheels engineered to be as silent as possible offer 360 degrees of movement.
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The ultra-slim aluminum 3-digit combination zip-pull lock system is TSC approved and integrated with a single zipper pull, designed to reduce weight and avoid the usual stress points with double zip pulls in luggage.
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Make a statement with this Horizon 50 in Coquelicot, ideal for shorter trips.
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Travel in style with this Horizon 55 in Monogram Eclipse, which offers surprisingly large interior capacity for a cabin-friendly bag.


Louis Vuitton has collaborated with feted industrial design Marc Newson on a new range of rolling luggage trunks perfect for the 21st century traveller. Pictured: the new luggage in Louis Vuitton's Damier Graphite pattern covering


Louis Vuitton is launching an innovative new range of rolling trunks for the 21st century traveller, designed by Wallpaper* Power Lister and internationally renowned industrial designer Marc Newson.

Its core is moulded as a slim and elastic, shock-proof mesh matrix of self-reinforced polypropylene composite. To achieve the greatest lightness possible, Vuitton’s celebrated Monogram canvas has been slimmed down 50 per cent without compromising its original characteristics.

Unlike most rolling trunks, the extendable cane, engineered in lightweight anodised aluminium, has been relocated to the outside, adding structure and strength and removing bulky bumps and ridges from the interior, allowing for more packing space. A new transversal side hinge is built into the structure of the trunk, and the three-digit combination zip-pull lock system – with a single zipper pull – is designed to reduce weight and avoid the usual stress points of double zip pulls.

The new trunk comes in three sizes: mini (50 x 35 x 20 cm), cabin (55 x 39 x 21 cm) and maxi (68 x 46 x 26 cm). All three sizes are available in the classic Monogram canvas, Monogram Eclipse, Damier Graphite, Taiga leather and a rainbow of seven colours of Epi leather.

Newson and Vuitton worked rigorously to achieve some impressive stats: 36 litre capacity for the cabin size – an increase in internal volume of 13 per cent compared to a similar sized trunk – and a weight of a mere 2.7kg for the mini version and just 3kg for the cabin size. Development took around 18 months, although frequent flier Newson says he's ‘probably spent 20 years designing these things in my head, long before I knew that I was going to be doing this for Louis Vuitton’.

‘I think it’s safe to say that we’re striving to break new ground in terms of developing a product which is one of the lightest in the market, and from a technical perspective is one of the most rigorously designed and engineered,' explains Newson. 'I’m obsessive about packing everything into a bag of a certain size, which is why it was so important for me to design a product that could tick all of those boxes and be the perfect piece of luggage for a person like me, [who] won’t travel with anything more than is absolutely necessary.'

To accompany the launch, the French maison will offer shoppers who purchase their cases a 48 hour after-sales repair service in 14 global cities, which will also be integrated into the Louis Vuitton travel app.

Louis Vuitton has just launched the “Horizon” collection.  Designed and inspired by Marc Newson, widely acknowledged as one of the most influential industrial designers of his generation, Horizon is “Travel In Style” with a 4-wheeled cabin luggage, which offers surprisingly large interior capacity and feather like lightness.
Exceedingly practical and versatile, Horizon is the first four-wheeled case with a completely flat back shell, of which the storage space inside has been optimised thanks to the ingenious design. The object, whose appearance reveals at first glance a small suitcase in its simplest form, is actually a small jewel of technology. It took no less than eighteen months of development and filing of three patents. Every detail exudes quality, sleek styling and lightness: the discreet, secure lock, the smallest, quietest wheels possible, and a dedicated connected service within the LV Pass app (best addresses in the Louis Vuitton City Guide, personalised after-sales service, care advice, etc.)
Horizon exists in a Cabin size and a mini cabin version; it is available in the famous Louis Vuitton Monogram canvas, Monogram Eclipse, Damier Graphite, Taiga leather, in natural cowhide leather and a rainbow of 7 colours of Epi leather.
Marc Newson says “The process of travelling tomorrow could be a little more elegant and a little more seamless and a little more enjoyable.  I think the market has a real need for this type of product, both very technical and very sophisticated from a functional point of view. We set to work and we ended up with a result that has no equivalent on the market.

Travel is an integral part of my life both for work and pleasure. I have been in the market for new carry-on luggage for quite some time now. We have been using the Tumi line for the last couple of years, but packing and planning, especially for longer trips has been somewhat frustrating with my Tumi suitcases. I will explain why in detail now.

Obviously as PurseBop is my life, my laptop is almost always with me. When traveling, easy access to my laptop whether it be for quick removal at TSA or in-flight use is imperative. Now unlike most people that carry a laptop, I choose NOT to physically carry my computer in my hand or personal bag. Illogical…well maybe? But having my laptop in my suitcase makes the most sense for me. I am not leaving home without one of my favorite handbags, and as of late it is either a Birkin or Kelly bag. Since neither my B nor K is going to carry my laptop, it has to go in my carry-on suitcase. My Tumi carry-on does not have an outside pocket, so just imagine my frustration at TSA unzipping the entire suitcase to remove the laptop – or even more of a nightmare, trying to take out the laptop in-flight!

Global Entry/TSA pre-check has taken care of all domestic headaches, but I travel extensively internationally, in which case the TSA pre-check benefits no longer apply. The laptop must be removed and placed in a tray for X-Ray.

Ideally, my carry-on should have an exterior pocket that can accommodate my laptop and enough interior space for either a quick get away/light weekend trip amount of clothing. If I’m taking a longer trip, my carry-on should have enough interior space for all my additional handbags (of course, I make use of my efficient nesting technique (Read: Bag Nesting – How to Travel with Handbags). Since I never check-in any handbags, they must all fit in my carry-on luggage.

Whether I am traveling alone, or with Mr. PurseBop is an important factor that dictates my carry-on contents. If alone, my carry-on must independently meet all my needs. If traveling together with two carry-ons, there’s a little more leeway (which essentially means more space for me, LOL).

The search for a set of new carry-on luggage was on the back burner until the release of the new Louis Vuitton rolling luggage launch. You’ll quickly see why these new LV suitcases excited me!

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Starting from the fashion house’s early days, Louis Vuitton was a malletier that produced custom luggage, like their iconic trunk suitcases, for the aristocrats and nobility among Europe. LV continues to live on as a luggage legend with the introduction of their new Rolling Luggage line by Marc Newson.

The Newson Luggage collection is a luxury traveler’s dream come true. Aesthetically, the luggage pieces in this collection are sleeker and more modern than past releases. In terms of functionality though, the New Luggage Collection is by far Louis Vuitton’s most well-designed and well-built set of suitcases to date.

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Marc Newson is an influential industrial designer who has played a role in creating everything from furniture, household objects, bicycles, cars, and even commercial aircraft. Newson’s breadth of knowledge about object usefulness and practicality is definitely evident in the Rolling Luggage collection.

Designing the perfect suitcase can be tricky. With a lot of luggage, the extendable handle is often positioned in a way that obstructs the interior of the suitcase, which means some items can’t lay flat and you aren’t truly using your space in the most efficient way possible.

With Newson’s collection, the extendable handle of the suitcase has been relocated to the outside and runs from the bottom to the top of the luggage, which means there are no awkward bumps and ridges in the interior space. This is a 4-wheeled suitcases, which allows for more mobility when walking through the airport.  Other new features include a three-digit combination zip-pull TSA lock system, which reduces weight and causes less tension than a double zip system.

Newson meticulously designed these suitcases to be user friendly, lightweight, and hassle-free.

The new, hard-bodied rolling suitcases, the “Horizon” model,  come in 2 sizes:

  • Mini (50 x 35 x 20 cm)
  • Cabin (55 x 39 x 21 cm)

Available materials include Monogram canvas, Monogram Eclipse, Damier Graphite, Taiga leather, and Epi leather.

Prices

Suitcase Model Price in USD
Horizon 50 $2,660
Horizon 55 $3,100
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Interior of the bag is completely flat to maximize space.

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Extendable Handle located on the exterior of suitcases along the edges of the body from top to bottom.

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After looking at the pictures of the new suitcases and reading the product descriptions, you can clearly see that there are still no exterior pockets on these suitcases. You may be wondering…wait a minute, PurseBop what’s all the fuss about? Don’t you NEED an exterior pocket? What about your laptop?

Well…even with this dilemma, new LV suitcases did manage to join our luggage collection! 


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LOUIS VUITTON POCHETTE METIS BAG

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Monogram Canvas never gets old, this print has gone through many recessions and depressions – it’s time-tested. So please meet the new Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis Bag.

This is a beautiful bag for the busy woman. You see, it’s purposely designed like a workbag – featuring chic handle and cross-body strap that can be adjusted or removed.

The elegance is personified in the petite shape. It’s compact dimensions open up to reveal many useful pockets and compartment, that’s where the secret is.

Open the bag with the golden Louis Vuitton Trunk-Inspired Clasp, inside you will find 3 large interior compartments. These compartments are made with the thought of simplicity, so that you can find whatever you need instantly.

Surprisingly, there is also a zipped backpocket. Put your instant-essentials in there, so you can grab it within seconds.

And one more thing, take a good look at the shape. Isn’t beautiful?

Measuring ‘9.8 x 7.5’ x 3.5’ inches priced at $1700 USD, €1290 euro, £1200 GBP, $14100 HKD $2290 AUD, ¥201960 JPY via Louis Vuitton boutiques.

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A modern day reinterpretation of the classic Monceau briefcase, the Metis is a newer creation. Named after the Greek Titans, Ocean and Tethys, Metis was the first great spouse of Zeus. The Greek word Metis means a combination of wisdom and cunning which perfectly portrays this beautiful bag. A simple vachetta top handle and an adjustable Monogram canvas shoulder strap that is perfect for hands-free convenience. This adorable Pochette Metis features an exterior zip pocket, the iconic LV S-lock, and a spacious interior with several compartments. 

The classic Monogram Canvas has been Louis Vuitton's trademark design since it was first introduced in 1896. The graphic symbols, including the quatrefoils and flowers, as well as the LV Monogram were used to prevent counterfeiting in the early days when it was first patented. Made of coated canvas, the Monogram's traditional look is also endured by its durability.
The exterior located canvas is clean and beautiful. The leather trim and short handle have turned a medium honey patina with some soiling to the trim flip lock and scuffing and wear to the handle. The goldtone hardware has light surface scratches. The interior lining is clean with some light signs of wear. Overall it is in great condition.

 

we bring you news of a brand new addition to the always-desirable range of Louis Vuitton bags: the Monogram Metis. Arriving in stores January 2013, the Monogram Metis is a canvas bag defined by the Louis Vuitton monogram pattern that can be worn in three ways. If you get tired of holding it in your hand, the Monogram Metis can be slung over the shoulder or across the body. It also bears the traditional Louis Vuitton S-Lock buckle, inspired by the heritage trunks.

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Bag aficionados will recognize the shape as a somewhat structured hobo but do take note that Louis Vuitton is also releasing a variant called the Pochette Metis Monogram. This version lacks the typical slouching posture of the classic hobo. Louis Vuitton promises that the Monogram Metis will be a light affair and “body-friendly” in its shape. Only a visit to the store will tell…

A word about the name Metis – the bag is named for a daughter of Greek titans Oceanus and Tethys, Métis. In ancient Greek, the word was used to signify both wisdom and cunning. Louis Vuitton uses the name to refer to the company’s heritage and history as well as its multi-carry functionality. No word at this point on dimensions and weight. Bag This Louis Vuitton Monogram Metis 2

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Louis Vuitton Epi Kleber Bag

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Looking for a new Louis Vuitton bag to take on the world? Well, this timeless Kleber Bag is sure to give you that with its up-to-date details in Epi leather. The Kleber Bag is a beautiful Louis Vuitton leather bag to carry with you during office meetings and other business dealings.

A perfect addition to your ever-growing bag collection, the Kleber Bag is a definite wardrobe essential that can transform your look in an instant! What’s more exciting is that it comes in three different colors you can choose from like Hot Pink, Coquelicot, and Noir.

Lets’ talk more about the bag details. It is made from grained cowhide Epi leather, smooth cowhide trim with microfiber lining, and silver colour metallic pieces. Looking inside, this bag has a lot to offer! It has 2 inside back pocket in contrasting smooth leather, 2 inside compartments, an inside zipped pocket, and a double smartphone pocket! It also has a magnetic closure Louis Vuitton Paris signature, thus making it all the more beautiful.

As additional information, the shape and design of the Kleber Bag looks quite similar to the Louis Vuitton Capucines Bag. It also appears to be a less expensive version.

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The details:
Louis Vuitton Kleber PM Bag
Size: 11.8′ x 7.5′ x 4.7′ L x H x W) inches
Price: €1680 euro, £1410 GBP

Louis Vuitton Kleber MM Bag
Size: 15′ x 9.1′ x 5.5′ (L x H x W) inches
Price: €1880 euro, £1580 GBP

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Introducing the Louis Vuitton Epi Kleber Bag. The Kleber is a structured top handle bag made of the brand’s grained cowhide Epi leather. The bag makes a perfect business bag with its clean lines and simple yet elegant design. It has smooth cowhide trim and microfiber lining. Inside, you will find 2 interior compartments, zipped pockets and double smartphone pocket. The exterior has a back pocket in contrasting smooth leather. It includes a removable shoulder strap, allowing the bag to be carried by hand or on the shoulder. Available in two sizes, PM and MM.

** US Prices will be updated as soon as it becomes available.

Style, Price & Size

Style

Price

Size

Louis Vuitton Epi Kleber MM Bag €1,880.00 14.9” L x 9.1” H x 5.5” W
Louis Vuitton Epi Kleber PM Bag €1,680.00 11.8” L x 7.5” H x 4.7” W

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LOUIS VUITTON GETS MULTIFACETED FOR SPRING 2017

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On the final day of Paris Fashion Week, Nicolas Ghesquière unveiled an eclectic collection for Louis Vuitton’s spring-summer 2017 runway presentation. The designer opened with a selection of loose-fitting dresses with sashes tied at the side. Then he played off the suit jacket and pants, showcasing sleeveless numbers and oversized shapes. 

Louis Vuitton Spring 2017: Model walks the runway in draped dress with cutout on the side

Louis Vuitton Spring 2017: Model walks the runway in draped dress with cutout on the side

On the final day of Paris Fashion Week, Nicolas Ghesquière unveiled an eclectic collection for Louis Vuitton’s spring-summer 2017 runway presentation. The designer opened with a selection of loose-fitting dresses with sashes tied at the side. Then he played off the suit jacket and pants, showcasing sleeveless numbers and oversized shapes. There was also lace in the form of slip dresses and separates with zipper details for some edge. Elsewhere, Ghesquière introduced grunge vibes featuring graphic t-shirts and plaid. The final section went in a more feminine direction including sheer gowns featuring sparkling embellishments. Tying it all together were the shoes and accessories. iPhone cases featured the Louis Vuitton monogram while bags got graphic with checkered prints. Finishing the look were calf-length boots in matte metallics with pointed toes and semi-blocked heels.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2017: Model walks the runway in sleeveless suit jacket and mid-length skirt with slit

Louis Vuitton Spring 2017: Model walks the runway in sleeveless suit jacket and mid-length skirt with slit

Louis Vuitton Spring 2017: Model walks the runway in leather jacket, high-waist pants and boots

Louis Vuitton Spring 2017: Model walks the runway in leather jacket, high-waist pants and boots

Louis Vuitton Spring 2017: Model walks the runway in sheer gown with embellishments and shoulder pads

Louis Vuitton Spring 2017: Model walks the runway in sheer gown with sparkling embellishments and shoulder pads


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Nicolas Ghesquière presented his Spring 2017 show for Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week today. The brand left its usual locale of the Fondation Louis Vuitton for a space on the Place Vendôme, bringing its presentation—and many celebrity guests—into the center of the city. Nicole Phelps’s upcoming review will address Ghesquière’s collection of bias-cut dresses and super-slim trousers; here, find everything you need to know about the environment of the show.

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1. Held in 2 Place Vendôme, Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2017 show was set up like a classic French salon. Guests sat on high-backed chairs in the windowed space, while models strutted down a concrete runway.
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2. Many of Ghesquière’s muses and friends were in attendance, including Michelle Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Alicia Vikander, Miranda Kerr, and Catherine Deneuve.
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3. The show opened with a series of bias-cut dresses with cut-outs around the waist and black ribbon fastenings.
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4. Every season Louis Vuitton debuts a selection of new bag styles, but Spring’s most coveted item might be the Petite Malle phone case. Carried in lieu of a traditional bag, the case comes complete with a key-ring attachment.
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5. The new LV shoe is a pointed-toe midi boot. The style was shown in an array of colors, from gold to black.
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6. An ’80s spirit ran throughout the collection, noticed in some glittering cobalt pieces, the models’
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7. Ghesquière’s favorite models all walked today, including Marte Mei van Haaster, Natalie Westling, Julia Nobis, Heather Kemesky, Rianne Van Rompaey, and Mica Arganaraz.

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Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2017 Ad Campaign and Several of the Collection’s New Bags

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Louis Vuitton is set to present its much-anticipated cruise 2017 collection at Oscar Niemeyer’s Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Despite the possibility of contracting the Zika virus, the Hollywood and fashion set don't seem too worried, as A-listers including Alicia Vikander, Catherine Deneuve, Jaden Smith, Zendaya, Doona Bae, Rainie Yang, Alessandra Ambrosio, Isabeli Fontana and Tao Okamoto are among the guests confirmed for the front row.

This is the first time the flying-saucer-shaped museum will host a fashion show. The white modernist structure is reflected in the pool's base, designed to look "like a flower," according to late artist Niemeyer. "This setting inspired me right away," said artistic director Nicolas Ghesquiere. "With the 2017 cruise collection, we’ll be discovering the vision of Oscar Niemeyer." The museum is celebrating its 20-year anniversary and will reopen soon after the LV presentation. Four Louis Vuitton-sponsored exhibitions will be shown at the museum this year.

Guests will enjoy a jam-packed itinerary, between partying and visiting Rio de Janeiro’s top spots. Post-show, guests will enjoy dinner and entertainment at the expansive mansion Parque Lage at the foot of the historical Corcovado. The morning after, guests will brunch at a private resident in Santa Teresa, which boasts an incredible view of the city. Planned activities include a privatized site (for epic Instagram photos) near the Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks the city, a helicopter tour of the city and paddle classes at Praia Vermelha. Guests are already #cloggingthefeed with posts under the hashtag #LVcruise in anticipation of the big show.

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It takes a certain kind of confidence for a designer to stage a collection in front of one of the most striking buildings in modern architecture, overlooking the magnificent cliffs and waterfront of one of the most exciting cities in the world. ButNicolas Ghesquière has built his formidable career on taking chances and following his own internal muse. The 47 looks he sent down the runway at his Resort 2017 show at the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in buzzing Rio de Janeiro, more than held their own against their spectacular backdrop. 

Over 500 guests from the global fashion elite, and celebrities such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Jaden Smith, Catherine Deneuve and singer/actress Zendaya sat on colorful benches snaked throughout the outdoor deck of the Niterói as models paraded down a lengthly crimson ramp emerging from the museum. The colorful, sporty collection reflects Ghesquière's ongoing obsession with leather and scuba-inspired silhouettes without neglecting the Vuitton legacy of exceptional handbags. Lush multi-pocked bags worn around the waist or carried (please don't dare call them fanny sacks) in black and white, a boom box purse equipped with Bluetooth to play music, and the Pliage, a joyful, swingy little masterpiece with a foot of fringe hanging down are all in line with Ghesquière's mission to nod to the past but move fearlessly forward by creating new LV classics. 

But the star of the show was incontrovertibly the clothes: body conscious without being indiscrete, colorful without being clownish, and sophisticated but never hoary. The show opened with a series of color block dresses with high-low asymmetric hems and strategic cutouts around the body in bold blues, blacks and greens with mixed textiles and leather trims. For the woman whose holiday will be spent in a cooler climate, there is an exceptional leather belted car coat, red and black track pants, and a black leather and brown suede jacket. Black cargo pants in meticulously shaved leather, crafted by the artisans at the LV facility in Asnières-sur-Seine are the kind of flattering, wearable wardrobe staple that one might find it a challenge to NOT want to wear daily, in any climate. 

Indeed, the marriage of Ghesquière's passion for leather with the Vuitton house's immaculate leather know-how is a union of both love and convenience, and the designer did not hesitate to sprinkle his resort collection with classical silhouettes rendered in leather. Snap-front A-line minis, a blue suede strapless A-line dress with black trim and studded leather vests were fresh reinventions of 60s hippie chic without disseminating the slightest whiff of pachouli. Amidst the sporty and wearable separates, there were still plenty of options for girly-girls at summer weddings. In particular, his segment of dresses with ruffles on the bust and hips are perfect for dancing all night in a Rio disco or attending a garden party in the Hamptons. And a handful of dresses in black florals with puffy sleeves are just the thing for an emo moment or if your ex and your bestie happen to invite you to their summer nuptials. 

From his earliest days at Balenciaga, where he reinvented a storied brand and made it relevant to a new generation, and throughout his two year tenure at Luis Vuitton, Ghesquière has always spoken about his passion for exploring dualities. He describes the Resort 2017 collection as a "pictorial explosion" of the duality between nature and urbanism, modernism and tropicality. He cites the influence of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica's "clothes of light," in his use of parachute fabric and bright colors. Ghesquière also pays homage to Aldemir Martins, and uses imagery from his famous Pele painting in several pieces including a handbag and a dress. Overall, he describes his greatest inspiration as the Brazilian notion of gambiarra, "the transformation of the available into the essential." But regardless of the sources of his mishmash of his influences, it is undeniable that 45-year-old Ghesquière is one of the most brilliant creative directors working in fashion today, and has just presented one of the most iconic, wearable and memorable collections of his career. As they say in Rio, muito bem.


Louis Vuitton didn't release detail shots from its Cruise 2017 show, so we've been eagerly awaiting the first close-up images of the collections bags, and now we're excited to have a few to share. The brand released its latest ad campaign this week, helmed by actress Alicia Vikander, and she's carrying new versions of some of LV's recent favorites.

So far, the campaign includes new iterations of the Capucines Bag and Twist Bag, as well as a new python fabrication of the brand's recently introduced a la carte straps. Check out the first images of the bags below, as well as the campaign so far. We don't have prices quite yet, but when we do, we'll make sure to add them.


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