Louis Vuitton Cruise 2020

What a landing! The 2020 itinerant resort tour touched down at JFK on Wednesday evening, as Nicolas Ghesquière took his Louis Vuitton audience on a complicated first-class trip.
The much-hyped show took place at the much-hyped TWA Hotel, opening next week in the famous former TWA Flight Center designed in 1962 by Eero Saarinen as a marvel of mid-century architecture and abandoned in 2001 when the airline went kerplunk and was assimilated into American Airlines. The winged marvel of a building holds special resonance for Ghesquière, not only because he has long been architecture-obsessed but because the building provided his first impression of New York, in 1991.
“I’m old,” Ghesquière said with self-effacing charm backstage after the show, “so I landed here one trip. I always remember the place, here, this terminal. Arriving to this fantastic city…and at the same time, at this masterpiece of architecture.”
This proved a more high-profile arrival, the Flight Center now populated by a celeb-heavy throng of LV-clad revelers including Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas (just your typical honeymooners passing through JFK), as well as Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Tracy Morgan, Jennifer Connelly, Willow Smith, Ruth Negga, Robyn, Indya Moore and even Armani loyalist Cate Blanchett.
They settled into

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Louis Vuitton Partners With Moda Operandi’s Santo Domingo on Digital Film

Louis Vuitton and Lauren Santo Domingo, cofounder and chief brand officer of Moda Operandi, are collaborating on a digital film showcasing the French house’s iconic Capucines bags.
The editorial short film follows Santo Domingo through her day in New York, highlighting the versatility of the Capucines. It shows her working on her computer and sipping coffee on her terrace, commuting to work and hailing a cab, making decisions about fabric swatches, going to a restaurant for lunch and dressing up and going out at night — each time wearing a different Capucines bag. Seven bags are featured. She’s also dressed in Louis Vuitton pre-fall 2019.
This is the first time Santo Domingo has partnered with a fashion house on a campaign.
Moda Operandi clients and their personal stylists will have direct access to Louis Vuitton sales teams to purchase the Capucines bags. The retail price of the bags range from $ 4,750 to $ 7,450.

Lauren Santo Domingo in a still from the film, featuring the Louis Vuitton Capucines bag. 

“The Moda client has always had an appetite for luxury. She is also technologically adept, and looks for the path between iconic heritage brands like Louis Vuitton and modern e-commerce. My job is to forge that path,

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Louis Vuitton to Stage Cruise Show at JFK Airport’s TWA Flight Center

COME FLY WITH ME: Nicolas Ghesquière is making sure his next Louis Vuitton cruise collection is ready for takeoff: the show on May 8 will be held in the TWA Flight Center at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Ghesquière, who tends to gravitate toward striking modernist buildings, announced the location in an Instagram post on Monday. The terminal, which opened in 1962, was designed for TWA by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen.
Known for its wing-shaped roof and tube-shaped corridors, the mid-century modern building has been closed since 2001. It will be revived soon as the centerpiece of the TWA Hotel, set to open on May 15, housing retail, eight bars and six restaurants, including the Paris Café by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
The TWA Flight Center was declared a New York City landmark in 1994 and went on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. It was also used as a backdrop in Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.
Louis Vuitton will be the first to stage an event in the restored building before it opens to the public.
“The TWA Flight Center, a sheer evocation of travel itself, is inherently linked to Louis Vuitton’s commitment

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Since Nicolas Ghesquière presented his debut collection for Louis Vuitton inside the Louvre’s Cour Carrée in 2014, he has often used the historic museum as a backdrop for spectacular sets with a futuristic bent.
On Tuesday evening, guests arrived at the venue to discover a reproduction of another Paris art institution, the Centre Pompidou, built by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, in a groundbreaking style that caused an uproar when it opened in 1977.
Why the world’s largest luxury brand would build a faithful copy of a structure that is only a mile away in real life was something of a mystery — one that Ghesquière cleared after the show: The collection was inspired by his people-watching at Café Beaubourg, which overlooks the vast square in front of the Pompidou.
The eclectic lineup drew on the tribes he spotted there. The fashion crowd was decked out in speckled tweed dresses that framed the neck with extravagant ruffles; the museum staff, in a blend of sharp tailoring and folkloric patchwork sleeveless coats; the former punks, still marching to a colorful New Wave beat, and even the street performers, with many of the models sporting leather Pierrot caps — although disciples of Marcel Marceau

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Rihanna Makes History Creating Luxury Line With Louis Vuitton

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Virgil’s Vuitton Is Already Selling Faster Than the Supreme Tie-up

LIKE A VIRGIL: Virgil Abloh’s first designs for Louis Vuitton have yet to hit the French luxury giant’s boutique network, but they’re already selling up a storm.
A pop-up in Tokyo that opened last week raked in 30 percent more in the first 48 hours than Vuitton’s collaborative collection with Supreme in 2018, Vuitton chief executive officer Michael Burke told WWD.
He attributed the success to “pure unadulterated desire,” citing particularly strong demand for tailored ready-to-wear, mini trunks in white leather and transparent and iridescent weekend bags.
“It was merchandised as a full collection,” he said, also noting that the rush came despite no dedicated marketing campaign, advertising or gifting. About 1,000 people queued up in the Japanese capital to be among the first to buy.
The Supreme collaboration, seen as a watershed moment for streetwear, sold exclusively last June through eight pop-ups in Paris, London, Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul and Sydney.
Vuitton opted for a similar stealth approach for Abloh’s debut spring 2019 collection, first hosting pop-up stores in London and Shanghai last October. One in New York also opened last week, with the first day an invitation-only event for 200 people.
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Louis Vuitton Launches Kishin Shinoyama Book in Tokyo

TOKYO — Louis Vuitton added five new titles to its “Fashion Eye” series of photo books this fall. On Thursday, the brand held a launch event at its Roppongi Hills store to commemorate the tome “Silk Road” by Kishin Shinoyama. The famed photographer is the first Japanese person to be selected as a part of the series.
The images in the book were originally published between 1981 and 1982 in eight separate volumes that included more than 1,200 photos. For the Vuitton edition, editor Patrick Remy cut this down to nearly 300, which was still far more than the roughly 70 to 80 shots that appear in the other Fashion Eye titles. So in order to keep the thickness of the book equal to that of the others in the series, the decision was made to use an extremely thin paper. Editorial director Julien Guerrier said it was a challenge to find a paper and printing method that would work without transparency issues, but eventually a solution was reached.
“It’s actually very fitting that you have this silk-like paper for a book on the Silk Road,” Guerrier said.
Shinoyama signed copies of the book and gave a short presentation at the event

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Alicia Vikander, Cate Blanchett Take In Louis Vuitton After Dark

A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: Actress Shay Mitchell stared in wonder at the venue for the Louis Vuitton show: a neon-lit white maze in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum in Paris. “I’ve been to the Louvre once before, but never like this,” she exclaimed, adding that she listened to Beyoncé’s “Apesh*it,” the video for which was filmed at the museum, on the way to the show.
The “Pretty Little Liars” star has just released a new show on Netflix, “You,” in which she plays opposite Penn Badgley. “It’s about dating with technology, and how crazy it is that you can find endless information about somebody just by checking online,” she said.
Guests arrived just as the sun was setting over the Louvre Pyramid, triggering memories of former glorious sunsets. “Cape Town was amazing,” said Alicia Vikander, who spent a couple of months there recently for a film. “I was lucky enough to see the ocean at sunset from the house where I was staying.”
Léa Seydoux’s pick was closer to home. “The most memorable sunset is the one I’m the most used to: the one I can see from my childhood home in Brittany,” she said.
For Adèle Exarchopolous, it’s more about the

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Should fashion be political?
It’s a question that has consumed editors in a week dominated by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. For better or for worse, in the era of #MeToo, a hemline is no longer just a hemline.
While some designers have shrugged off feminist readings of their collections, and others appeared to deliberately court controversy, Nicolas Ghesquière embraced the moment with his lineup of retro-futuristic clothes, shown in a maze of neon-lit tunnels set up in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum after dark.
“This is not a narrative collection. This is about my obsession to empower women,” he said after the show. “There were so many discussions the last months about the place of women, and I thought that this is really an intuition to want to give power when you are a designer.”
He did that by tapping into a few of his other obsessions: sci-fi imagery and exaggerated volumes. Dominican model Ambar Cristal Zarzuela, making her Paris debut, opened the show in an oversized blouson with millefeuille sleeves featuring photo prints of candy-colored artificial landscapes.
The sleeves were the connective tissue between his eclectic band of intergalactic explorers. They

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24 Sèvres Teams with Louis Vuitton on Exclusive Capsule

LONDON — 24 Sèvres is continuing its commitment to offer exclusive product from LVMH-owned labels that don’t have wide e-commerce presence.
After teaming with Céline on an exclusive range, the retailer’s next project includes the release of an exclusive capsule with Louis Vuitton.
Five of the most buzzy products from the label’s fall 2018 collection have been reissued for the capsule, including a black logo dress, the popular “Vanity” structured tote bag in taupe, the “Party” aviator sunglasses in blue-tinged frames and the famous Archlight sneakers recreated in a blue, yellow and white color palette.
“As the exclusive retailer for Louis Vuitton, 24 Sèvres has been a partner of the Maison since day one. This collaboration was a natural next step,” said a company representative, pointing to the retailer’s commitment to offering unique pieces that can’t be found anywhere else.
“This has informed the regular capsules and collaborations released since the launch in June 2017. Exclusive product is at the center of our product strategy.”
The retailer added that more capsules are in the works and it’s looking to engage a mix of luxury and contemporary labels that reflect the “mix and match Parisian lifestyle” and the way its brick-and-mortar counterpart, Le Bon Marché is

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Virgil Abloh Taps Stylist Christine Centenera for Louis Vuitton Debut

RECRUITING DOWN UNDER: Virgil Abloh is working with Australian stylist and Vogue Australia fashion director Christine Centenera for his debut Louis Vuitton men’s collection, which will be presented in Paris on June 21, WWD has learned.
According to her sole international agent —Ben Hams at the Sydney-based agency M.A.P. —  Centenera is consulting to Louis Vuitton’s newly appointed men’s wear artistic director on his spring collection, will be styling the show and has been back and forth between her New York base and Paris working on the project since April. On Friday, she was en route to Paris for the final show preparations, Hams said.
Although Centenera has worked with Vogue Australia since 2012 — from 2016, based out of New York — she has also been building a parallel freelance styling career. Other clients have included Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Estée Lauder, for the latter’s fall 2017 Victoria Beckham collection campaign shot by Lachlan Bailey. Centenera met Abloh while both were working with West.
Centenera has consulted to West on all his runway collections since his debut spring 2012 women’s wear show in 2011. At the time she was the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar Australia and Abloh was the creative director of West’s creative agency, Donda.
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Louis Vuitton Cruise 2019

SAINT-PAUL-DE-VENCE, France — Accustomed to showing his Louis Vuitton collections in the majestic surroundings of the Louvre museum, Nicolas Ghesquière opted for an equally exceptional, but altogether more confidential, art destination for his cruise display on Monday.
Guests including Emma Stone, Jennifer Connelly, Léa Seydoux, Justin Theroux and Ruth Negga trekked up to the southern French hilltop village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence for the show, held at the Fondation Maeght, a private art foundation whose gardens are filled with works by the likes of Alberto Giacometti and Marc Chagall.
Those arriving from the Dior cruise show in Paris appeared to have brought the unseasonal weather with them. Mist shrouded the treetops, giving the venue a melancholic feel enhanced by the haunting live soundtrack that greeted guests at the pre-show cocktail.
Milling about in the Giacometti Courtyard, Grace Coddington sported silk pajamas blending the LV monogram with her signature drawings of cats. It turned out the fashion editor has created a capsule collection of accessories with Ghesquière that is set to hit stores in October.
“We’re very close friends and I love everything he does, so he asked me to work with him, and it was more than a pleasure,” she said. Coddington, who published the original

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Front Row at Louis Vuitton Cruise 2019

ART ATTACK: Louis Vuitton convened a gallery of A-list faces for its cruise show on Monday, held at the Fondation Maeght in the village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence near Nice.
Sienna Miller, Laura Harrier, Léa Seydoux, Sophie Turner and Isabelle Huppert were among those taking in Nicolas Ghesquière’s latest designs in the stunning hilltop setting.
Emma Stone was reunited with Justin Theroux, her co-star in the upcoming Netflix series “Maniac,” though she seemed keen to quash any rumors of romance. “He’s like my brother. It’s really fun,” she said of hanging out together off-set.
The “La La Land” star took advantage of her visit to France to see Vuitton’s Les Fontaines Parfumées perfume workshop site in neighboring Grasse, where house perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud plies his trade.
“It was incredible. I mean, I feel like I learned so much in such a short period of time, which was amazing,” Stone reported, hinting that a new Vuitton perfume campaign may be in the works.
“I’m working with Louis Vuitton for fragrance as well,” said the actress, who recently appeared in her first Vuitton advertisements. She added that rose — a key ingredient in the brand’s Rose des Vents perfume — is one of her favorite scents.
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Louis Vuitton Brings Time Capsule Exhibit to Los Angeles

As a coastal gateway to both East and West, Los Angeles often a brand’s first entry point in North America. To that end, Louis Vuitton is making L.A. the first U.S. stop for its traveling “Time Capsule” exhibit. The six-part mini-museum will debut with a private party on May 17 at Westfield Century City, where it will be open to the public from May 18 to June 10, with free daily admission Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday to Saturday until 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“With the ‘Time Capsule’ exhibition, we wanted to tell our history in a different way. We all know the Louis Vuitton trunks, we know about the 19th century, we know about travel, but what we do not know is how modern Louis Vuitton is. If our house is today a leader in the world of luxury, it is thanks to this modernity,” said Louis Vuitton’s chairman and chief executive officer Michael Burke.
The visual journey through the history of the house revisits its innovations in technology and design, traveling from the brand’s beginnings in 1854 to the present day using rare or celebrated objects from the Louis

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Louis Vuitton Names Virgil Abloh as Its New Men’s Wear Designer

In Mr. Abloh, Louis Vuitton has hired its first African-American designer and a street wear specialist for its growing luxury men’s line.
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Like many brands, Louis Vuitton has found itself embroiled in the #MeToo conversation in recent months.
Its latest brand ambassador, Emma Stone, is among the backers of the Time’s Up movement against sexual harassment, and drew attention at the Oscars as much for her pointed remarks onstage as for her bold choice of wearing a Vuitton trouser suit instead of the traditional red carpet gown.
Parallel to that, the brand has quietly distanced itself from two of its campaign photographers, Patrick Demarchelier and Bruce Weber, who are among several industry figures accused of sexual misconduct. Both have denied the allegations, and Vuitton has not commented on the issue.
What that has to do with the collection that Nicolas Ghesquière showed at the Louvre — with Stone among the front-row guests — is debatable, though the subject wove itself into a backstage conversation, with the designer saying that discussion about the rights of women is now part of the daily conversation at Vuitton’s design studio.
“It’s a dialogue we have all the time,” Ghesquière said after the show. “Everyone is concerned and wants to make it good.” Ghesquière felt it also transpired in the clothes. He has been thinking of women in general — not

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Louis Vuitton Opens Sneaker Pop-Up in New York

Ugly sneakers have stampeded into luxury fashion to become the improbable “it” shoe in the last year. So much so that Louis Vuitton, where Nicolas Ghesquiere introduced the Nineties sci-fi Archlight with a generously proportioned cushy sole for spring, is opening a pop-up shop specifically devoted to the style for a month in New York City. The temporary store will open at 122 Greene Street in SoHo on Thursday in advance of the worldwide launch of the Archlight sneaker on Feb. 23. The store will remain open until March 10. The SoHo space, chosen because the sneaker clientele tends to be a downtown crowd, and designed by the Louis Vuitton team, will be the only sneaker pop-up — the house has done fragrance pop-ups in the past — and will carry an exclusive all-black colorway of the style. Sneakers aren’t new for Vuitton but the Archlight was a major statement on Ghesquiere’s spring runway, shown in contrast to the elaborate 18th-century inspired ready-to-wear pieces.

The Louis Vuitton Archlight sneaker in all black will be exclusive to the SoHo pop-up. 

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Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2018

The rise of ath-leisure has many luxury brands scrambling to produce a version of the ubiquitous sneaker. Fortunately for Louis Vuitton, that wasn’t much of a stretch for its women’s wear designer Nicolas Ghesquière, whose aesthetic has always flirted with sportswear.
His spring collection featured 18th-century-style brocade frock coats paired with chunky trainers, in what many observers saw as the tipping point of the “ugly sneaker” trend. His pre-fall collection cemented the evolution, with not only a new sock sneaker style, but a wardrobe that matched it for ease of wear.
Cinched jackets and neat leather coats provided the working wardrobe options — a kind of loosened-up version of the Sixties-inspired, futuristic tailoring that has French First Lady Brigitte Macron hooked on Vuitton. A gray wool belted jacket, for instance, was paired with black chenille wool track pants and lace-up heels.
By contrast, floor-length skirts were dressed down with casual tops and chunky outerwear. These included a white, side-split skirt that was layered under a gray hoodie embroidered with letters spelling out “Louis Vuitton” — an upscale twist on the logo sweatshirt — and an azure blue fake fur coat.
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EXCLUSIVE: Kim Jones Is Leaving Louis Vuitton

PARIS — Kim Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday, WWD has learned.
Jones has been men’s artistic director of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s flagship brand since 2011, parlaying his zest for exotic travel into ultraluxurious collections with understated cool and sly functionality.
“It has been a huge privilege to work with Kim,” said Michael Burke, Vuitton’s chairman and chief executive officer, lauding the designer’s “ability to set trends” along with his talent and determination. “All of us who have been fortunate to work with Kim wish him continued success in his next venture.”
Vuitton has yet to reveal its succession plan for the plum post, which has gained visibility thanks to Vuitton’s mighty show and campaign budgets, Jones’ clutch of celebrity friends and the brand’s high-profile collaborations with the likes of Supreme and British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman. Vuitton described Jones as “the driving force behind some of the Maison’s most successful projects and collaborations.”
In an Instagram post, Jones thanked his team and collaborators. “Thank you @louisvuitton for 7 wonderful years ! You really have been the best and I am grateful to @themarcjacobs for giving me the opportunity

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Louis Vuitton Presents New Time Capsule Exhibition in Berlin

TRUNK SHOW: Consider it a mini pochette of “Volez, Vogues, Voyagez.” On Thursday night, Louis Vuitton opened Time Capsule Berlin, a condensed version of the more sweeping exhibition of the Maison’s historic roots and iconic products which debuted in Paris in 2015 before traveling to Tokyo and Seoul and, in a few weeks, New York.
Vuitton’s Berlin showcase is housed at the French Palais on Unter den Linden, which was built for the international sleeping car company Wagons-Lits in 1906, and later served as the French Embassy in the German Democratic Republic.  Open to the public free of charge through October 8, Time Capsule is both artisanal and high tech, commencing with a live display of a Vuitton craftsperson at work on mini trunk bags before visitors embark on a still-life and multi-media time-line journey through the house’s history.
Vuitton has been active in Germany for four decades, and currently operates nine stores there. In a special nod to its German links, Time Capsule Berlin includes a weekender and business case of Damier carbon canvas designed to fit the spaces of the BMW i8, as well as a boxing trunk (including punching bag) in collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld as part of the

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First Ladies Wear Valentino, Louis Vuitton for Bastille Day Parade

VIVE LA FRANCE: First Lady Melania Trump was immersed in today’s Bastille Day festivities wearing a Valentino jacquard dress with a floral design and full skirt.
Looking celebratory — and patriotic — with her husband, FLOTUS joined French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte to watch the traditional military parade down the Champs-Élysées.
Brigitte Macron chose a different style, marrying a navy silk zipped jacket and short matching dress custom designed by Louis Vuitton with suede pumps from the brand, her label of choice for public appearances.
Just after 10 a.m. local time, the first couples arrived to watch troops march down the famous thoroughfare to the sounds of drums, bugles and trumpets in a display of France’s military power. For the first time, U.S. troops are to be given the honor of leading the military parade to mark the centennial of the U.S.’s entry into World War I in 1917.

First Lady Melania Trump wears a jacquard Valentino dress. 
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One of the highlights of the Trumps’ whirlwind visit to Paris was the Macron-hosted dinner at chef Alain Ducasse’s Michelin-starred restaurant Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower Thursday night. The City of Light’s tallest landmark will also be the focal point for tonight’s

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Drake Writes Song for Louis Vuitton Men’s Show

READING THE SIGNS: The soundtrack of the Louis Vuitton men’s show in Paris on Thursday will feature a new song specially composed by Drake.
The rapper unveiled the collaboration on his Instagram: “New song inspired by @louisvuitton @mrkimjones new collection 🌼 Drake x LV premieres tmrw produced by @ovo40.” The image featured a Hawaiian-style floral print with the words: “Drake signs LV.”

An image from Drake’s Instagram account. 
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A spokeswoman for Vuitton confirmed the track was titled “Signs,” and said the score was curated by October Firm, the music project created by Drake and Oliver El-Khatib, co-founder of his Ovo Sound label.
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Louis Vuitton Taps Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgård to Deliver Tennis Trophies

CHARM OFFENSIVE: Louis Vuitton has tapped two high-profile ambassadors to deliver the winner’s trophies at the Roland-Garros tennis tournament, which will be housed in custom-made Vuitton cases for the first time.
Nicole Kidman will deliver the Coupe des Mousquetaires (“Musketeers’ Trophy” in English) awarded to the winner of the men’s singles competition at the French Open before the final on Sunday. She will attend the match and trophy ceremony.
The Australian actress won the 70th Anniversary Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May, with no fewer than four projects showcased this year: “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” “The Beguiled,” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and the second season of Jane Campion’s television series “Top of the Lake.”
Alexander Skarsgård will bring the Suzanne Lenglen Cup courtside just before the ladies’ final on Saturday. The “Tarzan” actor recently starred opposite Kidman in the HBO miniseries “Big Little Lies,” in which they played a couple locked in an abusive relationship.
Kidman will be accompanied by canoeist Tony Estanguet, three-time Olympic gold medal winner and co-president of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics, while Skarsgård will be flanked by boxer Estelle Mossely, who won gold in the women’s lightweight event at the

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Brigitte Trogneux Wears Louis Vuitton for Presidential Inauguration

PRESIDENTIAL PICKS: Brigitte Trogneux, France’s newest First Lady, wore for her husband’s inauguration on Sunday morning a Louis Vuitton sky-blue wool crepe dress falling above the knee and a jacket with a military edge and metallic button details, which were especially designed for the occasion. Looking feminine, sharp and sexy, she also sported beige heels and a matching bag from the house as she made her solo entry into the Élysée Palace in Paris.

Brigitte Trogneux wears Louis Vuitton at the presidential palace for her husband’s inauguration ceremony. 
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The event took place in the ballroom of the presidential palace, where her husband, Emmanuel Macron, wore a dark blue suit from Jonas & Cie, according to a source, who said it cost approximately 450 euros, or $ 592 at current exchange.
The selections for the inauguration were loyal and consistent with the pair’s sartorial track record. As reported, Jonas & Cie is Macron’s go-to tailor, with navy suits by the house having been his uniform throughout the presidential campaign. Trogneux wore a Vuitton coat the day he won the election.

Emmanuel Macron 
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From their choice of outfits on Sunday, it is clear that neither was looking to distract from the event.
Just after Trogneux’s arrival at the Élysée Palace, the Internet was abuzz with people comparing her outfit

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Louis Vuitton Collaborates With Roland-Garros

TRUNK SHOW: Upping its game, Roland-Garros has tapped Louis Vuitton to create two bespoke monogram canvas trunks designed 
to transport and protect the Suzanne Lenglen and Musketeers’ trophies that are awarded each year to the French Open women’s and men’s tennis champions.
Featuring the house’s signature brass corners and lock, the vertical cases were handcrafted in Vuitton’s historic workshops in Asnières, with a terra-cotta interior evoking the clay surface of the tennis courts of the historic Roland-Garros venue in Paris where the tournament takes place, as well as white V-shaped stripes at the front nodding to the lines on a tennis court.
The producer of the precious cups, meanwhile, is Maison Mellerio, the world’s oldest jeweler and goldsmith, based on Paris’ Rue de la Paix.
Adding an arty spin to the hook-up, Vik Muniz, the visual artist behind the 2017 Roland-Garros poster, will customize the cases in the run-up to the women’s and men’s singles finals.
The tournament will be held May 22 to June 11.
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Louis Vuitton to Stage Cruise at I.M. Pei’s Miho Museum

TUNNEL VISION: Maintaining its recent tradition of spectacular show locations with a powerful architectural bent, Louis Vuitton will set its cruise 2018 presentation on May 14 at the Miho Museum, set amid lush vegetation in the Shiga mountains near the Japanese city of Kyoto.
The museum was designed by I.M. Pei and features a huge tunnel leading to a structure with a steel-and-glass roof and a floor and walls made of a warm beige-colored limestone from France – the same materials the architect used to create the pyramid and reception hall at the Louvre museum in Paris, which was the setting for creative director Nicolas Ghesquière’s fall collection for the brand.
The designer tweeted a teaser photo of the site on Thursday afternoon showing the tunnel and a glimpse of the museum.

“We’ve always made architecture a very integral part of our story,” said Michael Burke, chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton. “When I launched cruise when I came here, it had to be exotic, it had to be places that you knew of but that you never went to,” he added. “Japan is a destination that everybody thinks they know, but they all know Tokyo.”
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Bridget Foley’s Diary: Vuitton, Koons, ‘Mona Lisa’ and the Changing Status of the Big-Brand Designer

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Titian and “Mona Lisa” herself — coming soon, to a handbag near you, if you happen by the Champs-Élysées, 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, or any of the 150 Louis Vuitton outposts where the brand’s new, flashy Jeff-Koons-has-his-way-with-the-Masters collaboration will be housed beginning April 28.
In a big, splashy, celebrity-laden party at the Louvre on April 11, under the gaze of Mona herself, Vuitton formally presented Koons’ collection of handbags and small leather goods, which had been on full view on the brand’s web site throughout the day. In pictures, at least, the bags look amazing. They’re a lot of fun, a little outrageous and beautiful — if your idea of beauty veers somewhere between bucolic romp and steely eyed Leonardo da Vinci diva, and whose doesn’t? They’re all marked with a little bunny charm indicating, “Koons worked here.” As for the rights to the paintings, just like “Happy Birthday” and “Hamlet,” these masterpieces fall under public domain, including the 500-year-old “most famous painting in the world,” whose legally co-opted image graces everything from refrigerator magnets and T-shirts to endless artists’ homages and satires. Still, the cost of this enterprise to Vuitton is unimaginable — and its anticipated returns,

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Louis Vuitton to Unveil Jeff Koons Collaboration at Louvre Dinner

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: Louis Vuitton is set to host a dinner at the Louvre Museum on Tuesday to unveil its collaboration with artist Jeff Koons on a series of bags featuring works by great masters, including the world’s most famous painting: Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.”
Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton parent company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is to cohost the affair with Jean-Luc Martinez, president of the Louvre Museum, which is home to the da Vinci painting and countless other masterpieces.
Koons is expected to attend alongside a host of celebrities, including Louis Vuitton friends and brand ambassadors Jennifer Connelly, Michelle Williams, Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Catherine Deneuve.

The Masters collection of bags and small leather goods follows in the footsteps of Vuitton’s previous collaborations with art world stars including Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince.
In addition to the “Mona Lisa,” it will feature works by Peter Paul Rubens, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Titian and Vincent van Gogh transposed on Vuitton bags such as the Speedy, the Keepall and the Neverfull.
Koons has copied masterpieces in his own work — namely in his “Gazing Ball” paintings shown at the Gagosian Gallery in New York in 2015 — and

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New York City Skaters Lash Out at Supreme and Louis Vuitton Collaboration

Supreme might have unveiled its MetroCard design last week to mass fanfare, but another of its collaborations is proving to rile the brand’s skater base.
Controversy continues to ripple through New York’s Lower East Side skate community following Louis Vuitton’s fall men’s runway show in Paris last month — when the French house unveiled its collaboration with Supreme.
In teaming with the skate-oriented streetwear label, Vuitton will release a collection heavy on accessories — including skater-type ephemera. The collection’s reported high price tags have left Supreme’s original base of skaters nonplussed, with many exclaiming that they feel “exploited” in seeing their tribal garb fed through the luxury assembly line.
According to streetwear blogs, it’s expected that a skateboard carrier from the collection — sold with skate deck and accessories included — will be priced at $ 54,500. Louis Vuitton did not offer comment on the estimated price.
WWD rode the D train down to the Lower East Side, and spoke with a gamut of skaters — at an LES skate park, skate shop and skate bar.
“I think it’s stupid as s–t,” an anonymous thirtysomething skater said of the collection at the Lower East Side watering hole, Forgtmenot. Most skaters who spoke with WWD requested anonymity for fear of

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Louis Vuitton Opens First Men’s Pop-up Store in Milan

MILAN — Louis Vuitton’s first men’s pop-up store in Italy, which was inaugurated here on Friday and will officially open Saturday, coincides with the city’s men’s fashion week and will close on Jan. 29. Located in the arty Brera district, the store carries the men’s spring collection exclusively in Italy, including shoes, bags, travel cases, accessories, small leather goods and watches.
The store has a distinctive artistic feel. The decor pays homage to Africa and the art of the Chapman brothers, who inspired Kim Jones, the brand’s men’s artistic director, on the spring collection. The renderings of the Big Five animals by brothers Dinos and Jake Chapman stand out on the walls, contrasting with the storied feel of the venue, with its antique fireplace and coffered ceilings.
“Brera is an interesting area and full of life, in which history, art and fashion blend and become protagonists,” said Jones, pointing to the relevance of the project in Milan as “the capital of men’s wear.”
Jones worked with the Chapmans to create four animal prints on the Louis Vuitton Monogram pattern, seen on ready-to-wear, accessories and leather goods, including two rigid beauty cases, available upon request.
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Louis Vuitton, UNICEF Launch #Makeapromise Day

GOOD CAUSE: Louis Vuitton is to launch its first #makeapromise day on Jan. 12 in partnership with the United Nation’s Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, to raise funds for children in urgent need.
The initiative comes a year after the luxury brand embarked on the charitable project with an initial three-year global partnership with the UNICEF fund.
During this day, some 12,000 Louis Vuitton sales associates in 460 Louis Vuitton stores worldwide will pitch the partnership and promote the sales of the Silver Lockit jewelry items, with $ 200 from each sale of the $ 600 pendant and $ 500 bracelet donated to UNICEF. An offer will be made that day for those who purchase two Silver Lockits items in all Louis Vuitton stores and on louisvuitton.com.
The event will be held in tandem with a campaign where clients will be encouraged to come accompanied with someone close to make a “pinky promise” and to share their promise online with a hashtag #makeapromise. Vuitton staff is also inviting clients to make direct donations online throughout the year and especially during emergencies.
Since January 2016, the partnership has helped raise $ 2.5 million to help bring children life-saving humanitarian support in Syria and Nigeria.
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Louis Vuitton To Open Men’s Pop-Up Shop in Milan

MILAN — Louis Vuitton is launching a men’s pop-up store during the upcoming Milan Men’s Fashion Week.
Open Jan. 14 to 29, the temporary shop, which will be located on via Fiori Chiari, in the heart of the artsy Brera district, will carry, exclusively for the Italian market, the latest spring collection designed by Louis Vuitton men’s creative director Kim Jones.
 

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“I’m very happy that this project is finally in Milan, the capital of men’s wear,” said Jones. “Brera is an interesting and exciting neighborhood, where history, art and fashion meet and become protagonists.”
The pop-up store will sell a selection of ready-to-wear pieces, including luxury mohair knitted sweaters showcasing the collection’s African inspiration, along with small leather goods and footwear. The spring lineup’s signature bags featuring the prints realized by artists Dinos and Jake Chapman will be also available at the store.

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Louis Vuitton Pre-Owned Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Zippy Wallet

Louis Vuitton Pre-Owned Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Zippy Wallet


Pre-Owned Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Zippy Wallet 8 L x 1 W x 5 D This is an authentic pre-owned piece. As with all pre-owned items, it may show signs of wear. Specifically we see some wear to the interior of the wallet and along the hardware. Good
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Louis Vuitton Show Seen Headed to Rio Next Year

HER NAME IS RIO: The 2016 Summer Olympics aren’t the only big attraction in Brazil next year. Word has it Nicolas Ghesquière is heading to Rio next May to stage Louis Vuitton’s next cruise collection. The date of the show and other details could not immediately be learned.
France’s biggest fashion houses have been taking their itinerant shows farther afield. Last year, Louis Vuitton traveled to Los Angeles.

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Louis Vuitton Christens ‘Series 3’ Expo in London

LONDON — The modern fashion show is entertaining and glamorous, but over in roughly 12 minutes flat.
Louis Vuitton’s “Series 3” exhibition that opens to the public at 180 Strand here on Monday is designed to decrypt the spectacle, and exalt all the craft and creativity that goes into it.
“Fashion is a circus. There’s very little discussion about the content. But you have to go into the before, the during and the after. And if you do it in an appropriate way, it’s unforgettable,” Michael Burke, chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton, said during a walkthrough of the sprawling, high-tech showcase. “We’re experimenting with how to make you feel the show more intensely than being at the show.”
The show in question is Nicolas Ghesquière’s fall collection, paraded in a series of geodesic domes erected at the foot of the Frank Gehry-designed Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris in March. A skeletal example of one dome lords over the ceiling of the darkened room that opens the exhibition, cuing the midcentury period that the French designer frequently mines. Visitors then traverse a futuristic tunnel that plunges them into the exhibition.
Even fashion professionals could easily miss key details from the front row, including

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Louis Vuitton Designs Case for Rugby World Cup 2015 Webb Ellis Prize

CASE WORK: Louis Vuitton is making its debut on the rugby pitch with the creation of a bespoke case to hold the Webb Ellis Cup, rugby’s greatest prize. Vuitton’s latest trunk will make its debut at the Rugby World Cup final on Oct. 31 in Twickenham, England.
Handmade at the brand’s Asnières workshop near Paris, the travel case has been designed to contain the sterling silver and gold-plate trophy. It is covered in Louis Vuitton’s monogram canvas and has been fitted with the company’s signature brass lock and corners. It opens from the front and at the top to allow the trophy to be easily removed.
The same Vuitton workshop also made the trunk that holds the world’s oldest sporting trophy, the silver ewer of the America’s Cup, which dates to 1851. More recently, Louis Vuitton designed the trophy case for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy.
World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset called the Webb Ellis Cup “the most coveted prize in rugby,” and “a symbol of unity, enjoyment, participation and excellence. We are excited about our collaboration with a fashion house as renowned as Louis Vuitton and delighted with the stunning, modern-classic case.”
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Louis Vuitton Monogram Manhattan PM (Authentic Pre Owned)

Louis Vuitton Monogram Manhattan PM (Authentic Pre Owned)


Authenticity code: Louis Vuitton This Manhattan PM bag encompasses a mixture between Marc Jacobs’ signature bags with Louis Vuittons’ timeless pieces. A mixture of modern and classic completes the look of this bag. It features amazing gold big hardware, and the signature Louis monogram. It has great rolled handles and pockets with push locks for extra space. A great bag!Authentic: Pre Owned Exterior: Gently used Interior: Gently used Measurements: 11″ L x 5.5″ W x 8.3″ H (Approx.)Product Code: 105095

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Manhattan PM (Authentic Pre Owned)

Louis Vuitton Monogram Manhattan PM (Authentic Pre Owned)


Authenticity code: Louis Vuitton This authentic pre owned Louis Vuitton Manhattan PM bag encompasses a mixture between Marc Jacobs’ signature bags with Louis Vuittons’ timeless pieces. A mixture of modern and classic completes the look of this bag. It features amazing gold big hardware, and the signature Louis monogram. It has great rolled handles and pockets with push locks for extra space. A great bag!Authentic: Pre Owned Exterior: Gently used Interior: Gently used Measurements: 11″ L x 5.5″ W x 8.3″ H (Approx.)Product Code: 154705

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Trouville (Authentic Pre Owned)

Louis Vuitton Monogram Trouville (Authentic Pre Owned)


Authenticity code: Louis Vuitton MI0025 This is an authentic Louis Vuitton Monogram Trouville. This style is the smaller version of the famous Deauville vanity bag. It features a durable inside and has four convenient pockets that can hold any accessory you wish to carry. This bag helps organize all of your things into one easy stylish bag!Authentic: Pre Owned Exterior: Gently used Interior: Gently used Measurements: 11″L x 9″H x 4″ with 4″ dropProduct Code: 1534107

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Louis Vuitton Palermo PM (Authentic Pre Owned)

Louis Vuitton Palermo PM (Authentic Pre Owned)


Authenticity code: Louis Vuitton SR1048 This is a guaranteed preowned authentic Louis Vuitton Palermo PM bag. This amazing bag was new in 2007 for Louis Vuitton. It is crafted of the soft flexible monogram canvas with natural leather trim and handles. There is a zipper closure and it has brown textile lining with a useful cell phone pocket. It can be worn in a number of ways; it has handles to be held by hand, but also has a removable shoulder strap if you are in the mood for a shoulder bag. This handbag is truly a gem!Authentic: Pre Owned Exterior: Like new Interior: Like new Measurements: (Approx.) 14″ x 10″ x 6.25″Product Code: 1698033

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Cite MM (Authentic Pre Owned)

Louis Vuitton Monogram Cite MM (Authentic Pre Owned)


Authenticity code: Louis Vuitton FL0013 This authentic Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Viva-Cite Bag has ample space for all of your daily belongings. There is one large packet on the exterior and on the interior. Leather strap will ensure comfort and the classic LV pattern will ensure that you are fashionable!Authentic: Pre Owned Exterior: Gently used Interior: Gently used Measurements: (Approx.)10.2″ L x 3.9″ D x 6.3″ H with 12″ dropProduct Code: 1595006

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Louis Vuitton Bosphore Bag (Authentic Pre Owned)

Louis Vuitton Bosphore Bag (Authentic Pre Owned)


Authenticity code: Louis Vuitton SP0096 This authentic Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Bosphore Bag is ideal for the women on the go. It features a large exterior zipper pocket and a zip-top closure. The classic LV monogram print is accentuated by gold hardware and the adjustable nylon strap adds supreme comfort.Authentic: Pre Owned Exterior: Gently used Interior: Gently used Measurements: (Approx.) 7.1″L 1.4″W 5.9 “H. Adjustable strap xProduct Code: 1752011

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Papillon 30 Pouch (Authentic Pre-Owned)

Louis Vuitton Monogram Papillon 30 Pouch (Authentic Pre-Owned)


Authenticity code: Louis Vuitton This is an authentic Louis Vuitton Papillon Pouch bag. This is the smallest one in the Papillon line. It is made of the traditional monogram canvas with a vachetta leather trim and straps. It has a brown cross-grain leather interior lining. The rise of the strap is 6.5. It has gold brass hardware and a zipper top closure.Authentic: Pre-Owned Exterior: Gently used Interior: Gently used Measurements: 6.3 x 2.4″ with 6″dropProduct Code: 1698053

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Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2015

Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2015

Nicolas Ghesquière continued to work a Seventies vibe for the season.

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The first in depth portrait of one of the world’s best known luxury brands, this elegant volume traces the remarkable history of the House of Vuitton, which has been making practical but stylish luggage, handbags and accessories for more than 150 years. Written with full access to the company’s archives, the book itself demonstrates Louis Vuitton’s passion for fine design with a stunning array of archival art, historical images, product designs and sketches, and cutting edge advertising. The book explores the company’s tradition of quality and innovation in the context of sweeping changes in society, art, culture, fashion and, above all, travel. Examining the life and times of the company’s first three leaders; founder Louis (who invented the modern trunk), his son Georges and his grandson Gaston, the text focuses on the firm’s development under their guidance. It also discusses Vuitton’s explosive growth toward the end of the 20th century, including the 1987 merger with Moet Hennessy that made it part of LVMH, the world’s largest luxury goods company and spurred the expansion of its boutiques to more than 300 locations in 50 countries around the globe. When this book was published in 2004, it was the first to describe and explain, with numerous previously unseen documents and accounts, the fascinating and irrepressible rise of the world’s finest luxury company, which was celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2004. This new edition will include a complete update of the final section of the book, which discusses the company’s recent history, with new texts, photos, and interviews.

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