A Vintage Document Showing the Monogram, Via Louis Vuitton
The Louis Vuitton monogram was invented over 100 years ago, in 1896. Today the monogram has become an iconic symbol, and to celebrate it Louis Vuitton has assembled a group of six iconoclasts to reinterpret the monogram like only they could for the “Icon and The Iconoclasts” collection. This group of talented individuals ranges from designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Christian Louboutin to artists, designers, and even architects. So let’s take a look at this jaw-dropping collection and maybe even find our next must-have Vuitton bags.
Karl Lagerfeld’s Designs, Via Louis Vuitton
Karl Lagerfeld has recently been inspired by boxing, his Chanel ad campaigns this season feature top models posing in the boxing ring, and now he’s brought this recent obsession to Louis Vuitton. The centerpiece of Lagerfeld’s pieces for Vuitton is his boxing trunk, a tall closet like trunk with a punching bag hanging inside (all in Louis Vuitton monogram of course). There’s also a suitcase with monogrammed boxing gloves as well as three bags inspired by a punching bag. And while we don’t know who’s in need of a Vuitton punching bag we love how Lagerfeld paired a very raw sport like boxing with the ultra-luxe Vuitton image.
Christian Louboutin’s Designs, Via Louis Vuitton
Christian Louboutin set out to blend his image with that of Louis Vuitton while also keeping in mind their common Parisian roots. And what’s more parisian than shopping? If you’ve ever been to Paris and one of it’s open air markets or even one of it’s grocery stores, you’ll have seen french ladies rolling around trolleys filled with their goodies. So Louboutin took this trolley and made a version of his own (a $23,000 dollar version to be exact). The trolley features a monogram front, golden studs and brass corner embellishments, and a bright red back — because Louboutin is all about those red backs. There’s also a matching ultra-chic shopper bag (that I need ASAP), featuring those same golden studs and bold red back made of calf hair. We love Louboutin’s playful take on Parisian life for the iconic Parisian brand.
Frank Gehry’s Design, Via Louis Vuitton
Frank Gehry is an architect in a league of his own, he’s the man behind buildings like the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the famed Dancing House in Prague, and the upcoming Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. Now he’s behind a Louis Vuitton bag which draws inspiration from his own works. The bag is a small trunk-like bag that would typically be a simple rectangular shape, but Gehry has twisted and morphed the bag into a form all his own. And for some extra visual interest, the bag is lined with a monogram embossed blue lambskin. This bag is a mini architectural marvel, and probably the first and last time you’ll ever be able to actually pick up one of Gehry’s works.
Marc Newson’s Designs, Via Louis Vuitton
Marc Newson is one of the foremost names in industrial design, who just earlier this month joined Apple as their Senior Vice President of Design. Newson’s work has ranged from jets to concept cars to luxuriously industrial lounges. Newson designed three backpacks for Louis Vuitton, all with a structured monogram bottom and backing paired with bold shearling tops in white, blue, and a striking orange. These pieces for are surprisingly non-industrial for Newson and even better, cheeringly fun.
Rei Kawakubo’s Design, Via Louis Vuitton
Rei Kawakubo is the designer/visionary behind the Japanese label Comme des Garçons. She has produced some of the most intriguing and conceptual work in fashion, and her work for Vuitton is equally as interesting. Her piece, entitled “Bag With Holes” is a reinterpretation of the classic Sac Plat, a simple tote bag. Kawakubo’s bag features three asymmetrical holes on each side with raw edges, the holes almost appear to evoke an abstract balaclava face. And while a bag with holes seems like a confusing concept, it thankfully comes with a canvas sack to hold everything securely inside. But hey, sometimes you have to make sacrifices for art (yes even more than the $3000 sacrifice to buy it).
Cindy Sherman’s Designs, Via Louis Vuitton
Cindy Sherman is an artist known for her photography as well as her film work. She is also renowned for creating some of the most expensive photographs ever sold. Her Louis Vuitton pieces are both reflective of and perfectly suited for her photography work. First, there is her trunk, which is in fact a studio within a trunk, that is based off of vintage custom Vuitton trunks. The piece’s exterior is of course completely monogrammed, but it also features images created by Sherman herself that blend vintage travel stickers with her own work. Inside the trunk is a vanity case, a camera bag, 31 one brightly colored drawers, and even a stool! The trunk is truly a work of art, which is why only 25 of them will be produced. Luckily for those of us who won’t be able to snag one of those 25 trunks, the camera messenger-style bag, which is included inside the trunk, will also be available for purchase separately, and it too features patches of travel sticker images Sherman created.
The Louis Vuitton “Icon and The Iconoclasts” collection comes out in mid-October is filled with striking pieces, from trunks to trolleys to punching bags. Rarely do we have a chance to see such an array of visionaries work for a single fashion house, which makes it such an exciting occurrence. And the amazing pieces that these collaborations bore are surely to be some of the most coveted items the house has produced. I know I’m already counting my pennies for that gorgeous Louboutin shopper (and that’s a lot of pennies). Which bag would you love to own, are you in need of a fuzzy backpack or perhaps an architectural shoulder bag? Let us know below!