When Louis Vuitton throws a party, the order of the day is nothing short of chic. Michelle Williams and Dianna Agron did their best to oblige in the label's black dresses while attending last night's Whitney Gala. While the face of the label's latest campaign was demure in a bowed cocktail dress, Agron took a tip from Kate Moss in a billowy studded design similar to one the model wore to an earlier event in Tokyo. We know both ladies nailed it, but the real question is: who delivered the best black?
A lesson in minimalism was delivered by Dianna Agron at the Paris premiere of The Family when she demonstrated the LBD's timeless elegance in a crisp Valentino design. Paired with sleek Louis Vuitton pumps and a handful of garden-inspired rings, this natural beauty was an instant classic. But Dianna's wasn't the only top look of the week! We saw bright dresses from Carey Mulligan (in Dior) and Lupita Nyong'o (in Miu Miu), while three sparkling stars shared Salvatore Ferragamo's red carpet. Click through to see the looks we loved on some very chic ladies.
Although a report from Luxury Society claiming that Ghesquière had landed the job was picked up far and wide on Thursday, the house's spokespersons denied the rumor to other publications. The company told both Style.com and The Financial Times, "No official decision has been made." Ghesquière, however, is still thought to be a front-runner for the position.
Since Ghesquière left the brand, the fashion community has waited to see what his next move might be. Karl Lagerfeld said it would be a good idea for him to start his own brand, and Grace Coddington just didn't want him to leave fashion permanently.
"Hopefully Nicolas won't just give up and walk away," she said. "He's too good, too strong, too brilliant, too passionate."
It's official — Marc Jacobs showed his last collection as the creative director at Louis Vuitton. But if there is someone who knows how to bring drama to the finale, Marc is the man. His Spring 2014 collection is truly magnificent, and we're just waiting to see who will be the first person to wear one of those crazy headpieces!
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When Bernard Arnault announced this morning that Marc Jacobs would be leaving Louis Vuitton, the fashion world erupted with an outpouring of emotion about his departure, most of it coming through on social media.
But it's important to know that Jacobs isn't leaving fashion altogether — instead, he'll use his time off to focus on preparing Marc Jacobs International for an eventual initial public offering, which might happen some time in the next three years.
"This brand has an enormous potential all over the world," Arnault said in an interview with WWD. "To materialize this potential, we decided together within the next two or three years, to do an IPO. This requires a lot of investment on our side, a lot of management on our side, and a lot of personal investment for Marc and Robert to really give the input, both creatively and communication-wise on the brand, all over the world. So it will take a lot of the energy of both of them."
And while it's an exciting prospect (can you imagine what Marc Jacobs will look like when it has the capital to be a megabrand like Michael Kors?), the only thing anyone could do today was talk about how fitting his Spring 2014 show was as a departure. A look at some of the best responses to Jacobs's show here.
Louis Vuitton's master showman has taken his last bow — and what a spectacle it was! But it shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Throughout his 16-year tenure as creative director, Marc Jacobs has marched models out of an old-style locomotive, spun them around a merry-go-round, and sent them down the runway in nurse whites, giving us many highlights to look back on long after he's gone.
You know how the saying goes, "birds of a feather flock together," and at Louis Vuitton's Spring 2014 presentation the fleet was a fashionable one. Coming down the catwalk, the models were a cross between a pride of peacocks and a gaggle of Vegas showgirls on review. Each ensemble was accompanied by a towering feathered headpiece dyed in a sleek black. And while the hair accessories were over the top, the makeup was minimal except for brows, which were emphasized with dark ebony makeup. The clothing was just as dramatic sticking to a strict all-black-everything dress code, and the manicure was a blue half-moon design using Marc Jacobs Midnight in Paris polish (available Fall 2014).
News broke minutes after the Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 show that Marc Jacobs was exiting the brand after a 16-year tenure as creative director. And it was an elegiac swan song, dedicated to the women who inspire him and "the showgirl in every one of them," done solely in black with the occasional piece of denim. The first model hit the runway in a sheer body stocking bound in chains as the rest of the models paraded up caged elevators and down escalators to walk around a slowly moving carousel. The clothes were heavy with embellishment, shimmering like the marble buildings along the Seine as Marc bid adieu to the city that he's called home for so many years. While Jacobs's next steps are still unclear, he leaves the house on a dramatic high note and quite literally a standing ovation from the assembled fashion crowd.
LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault confirmed the news this morning, as Jacobs showed his final collection for the French label, a fitting all-black tribute to some of his most famous Vuitton designs.
Whoever replaces Marc will have some very big boots to fill. From bringing collaborators like Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami on board to liven up the famous monogram bags to staging dramatic shows featuring steam trains and hotel corridors, he has cleverly kept the label current while paying homage to the heritage and never sacrificing luxury.
Insiders are already suggesting that Nicolas Ghesquière may be the man for the job.
Rumors that Marc Jacobs will leave Louis Vuitton have been abounding for months, but the reason why he might be considering it has only become clear today. Over the weekend, sources said it's possible Jacobs won't renew his contract with the French luxury goods house in order to focus on his own brand — and perhaps to even take it public.
Still, if Jacobs does leave Vuitton, where he's been creative director for the past 16 years, his departure would cause more than a small ripple in the fashion world. After all, Jacobs is a huge talent, and replacing him will be no small feat; his leaving the house would mark the end of an era. Luckily, there's already a frontrunner for the rumored opening. Herein, a rundown of all the rumors about Jacobs leaving Louis Vuitton.