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Lea Seydoux is New Face of Louis Vuitton

It took us awhile to get to this news but here it is, along with a few words from the press release pushed out by Louis Vuitton. Since her role in Blue is the Warmest Color, Seydoux’s star has been rising steadily and this move gets her off to a rocketing start to 2016. The brand has not been shy about trumpeting her virtues. Check out this quote from the official release:

“Mixing styles and catering to her every whim, Léa Seydoux perfectly incarnates the Louis Vuitton woman. A multi-faceted woman, independent and modern.”

Watch for her first official appearance for the Parisian master of leather goods and icon of fashion on January 12. Seydoux will be walking arm-in-arm with Louis Vuitton Artistic Director Nicolas Ghesquière. The brand promises that she will be wearing a custom-made creation for the night.

Seydoux has previously starred in advertising campaigns for Prada, Miu Miu and Rag and Bone.

Sadly, we also take this moment to bid farewell to the Blackstar who once shone for Louis Vuitton, as seen from the campaign visual below from 2013. The Luxuo team will miss you David Bowie. – “He took it all too far but boy could he play guitar.”

David Bowie for Louis Vuitton

Lightning Strikes Louis Vuitton SS 2016 campaign

Geeks and nerds are the fashion industry’s largest untapped market…and it is a growth market at that. Well the Internet is abuzz with news that no less an august fashion house than Louis Vuitton is rolling out it latest Spring/Summer 2016 campaign with a little help from Lightning, a character from the immensely successful “Final Fantasy” video game franchise.

The AFP reports that Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquière has cast this character as the lead in the campaign. Of course this does not mean Louis Vuitton will be suddenly find its way into gaming conventions or that the brand will be opening a flagship store at the Googleplex but we think it is a harbinger of things to come.

Ghesquière revealed the first images from the campaign in two posts on Instagram, Monday December 28, showing the RPG character Lightning modeling looks direct from the SS 2016 runway show, which had strong references to digital technology and gaming.

The brand partnered with Japanese artist Tetsuya Nomura of Square Enix (developers of “Final Fantasy”) to create the animations.

See the short video of Lightning’s Vuitton debut below:

Contempo Chinese Art at Fondation Louis Vuitton

Anyone who has paid even passing attention to art auctions in the last 10 years cannot have escaped the power of contemporary Chinese art. It is surprising to us then to hear that the upcoming exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in January is the first time an entire exhibition has been devoted to contemporary Chinese artists in France in 10 years. The exhibition, running though the spring, brings together 12 Chinese artists and their work.

Entitled “Bentu,” it references the concept of motherland or native land, which is what the term refers to specifically. Make no mistake though, this is not about national boundaries. Instead, it represents a dialogue between local and global and a process of self-discovery.

Works on display will examine a changing Chinese society with artists from different generations employing a wide range of techniques and materials. Alongside the installations, there will be classical and contemporary musical performances, as well as films and poetry.


Liu Shiyuan; “From Happiness to Wherever”; 2015

Among the veteran artists on display is Liu Xiaodong, who has experimented with both acting and painting. Also exhibiting is artist Cao Fei, who has directed and produced experimental documentaries. Liu Shiyuan, of a younger generation, will be also showing her work.

The exhibition examines local cultures, tradition, new technologies as well as the interaction between urban and rural. The focal point being identity.

The “Bentu” exhibition is not meant to give an overview of contemporary Chinese art.  Rather, organizers want to present the multifaceted aspect of it and how its forms are constantly evolving.

The exposition will begin on January 27, 2016 and run until April. Music, poetry and films will continue until September 5. The Foundation Louis Vuitton will also highlight a selection of its permanent collection of Chinese art from January 27 until September 5.


Cao Fei; “Strangers”; 205-2016

Louis Vuitton Resorts to Rio for Cruise

The world’s major fashion houses do like to put on a good show, as seen every year at Chanel for example (including one right we attended in Singapore). Next year, Chanel is going Cruising in Havana, Cuba (we wonder what Fidel thinks of that) while Louis Vuitton will be showing the Cruise collection in Rio de Janeiro. Women’s Wear Daily reports that the Nicolas Ghesquière-helmed brand has selected the city of Christ the Redeemer for the 2017 Resort collection. In a non sequitur of sorts, the original AFP story we drew this information from cited Louis Vuitton as an Italian brand; AFP is course a French wire service. In any case, the service also reports that Gucci is going fully Occidental for its fun-in-the-sun show, heading to London of all places. Gucci, incidentally is an Italian brand, but under French ownership via the Kering Group.

Fly, Sail, Travel – Louis Vuitton Toasts Freedom

Luxury icon Louis Vuitton is making its mark as a leading light of heritage, craftsmanship and innovation via the “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris. While we have previously covered this exhibition and another one in Singapore, it is appropriate to take stock and revisit just what makes Louis Vuitton such a powerful force and indeed, a force for good. Celebrities, influencers and such aside, Louis Vuitton is something to aspire to, a name that makes people feel good about themselves and their success, however those people define success. Coming on the heels of terror attacks in both France and the USA, this exhibition is nothing less than an expression of the triumph of freedom, of joie de vivre as it were. To go even further – because it is important at this moment in time – the exhibition is a reminder that life is not only to be savored but that celebrating life is the right message to send to the world, especially from Paris.

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Detailed view from the exhibition, Chapter 4 The Invention of Travel. All exhibition photos ©Grégoire Vieille

Opening night of “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” saw plenty of star power, assembled we think not only to push the brand but also to push this positive message. Of course the top brass of LVMH were present – CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault and CEO of Louis Vuitton Michael Burke – and so was the French Minister for Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Emmanuel Macron. They were joined by Daniel Buren, Bertrand Lavier, Christian de Portzamparc, Xavier Veilhan, Olafur Eliasson, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Gaultier Capucon, Laurent Grasso, Fabrice Hyber, Laurent Korcia and Kader Attia. In the official press release, Louis Vuitton calls this “a statement to support freedom of creation and the French art-de-vivre.” It is also worth noting that travel expands one’s horizons and reminds us of what a diverse world we live in. This diversity is also worth celebrating in Louis Vuitton’s past, present and future in the spirit of world travel – and potentially travel to other worlds in this or the next century.

Alber Elbaz-r50

Alber Elbaz

Curated by Olivier Saillard, “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” (literally Fly, Sail, Travel) traces the history of Louis Vuitton from its foundation in 1854 right up to present times, and then projects into the future. There are nine chapters to this tale, conceived and brought to life by Robert Carsen. Of particular note here are elements from private institutions and collections, the most notable of which is Gustave Courbet’s Chene  de Flagey, on public display for the first time since 2013. The exhibition is open to the public of course and is ongoing till February 21, 2016.

From Paris to Singapore: Louis Vuitton Exhibitions

Tis the season of Louis Vuitton, with dual exhibitions in Paris and Singapore. The history of Louis Vuitton, France’s most famous luxury leather bag maker and one of the leading lights of contemporary fashion, will be showcased at the Grand Palais in Paris from December 4, 2015 to February 21, 2016. The three-month event is designed to allow the general public to discover treasures from this giant’s past.

Concurrently, the Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition is already underway at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. A deep dive into the world of Louis Vuitton, this show runs till December 23.

Back to “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” in Paris. Curated by Olivier Saillard, the head of Paris’s Galliera fashion museum, the exhibition not only tells us about the history of this luxury goods house, but also the main people who have had an impact on it, from the founders to Nicolas Ghesquière, the current creative director of the brand’s womenswear collections.


“Louis Vuitton has always been at the avant-garde of creation….For this exhibition, Olivier Saillard has immersed himself in the archives of our Maison to decode its secrets. He delivers a fresh vision of our past, present and future,” says Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton’s CEO.

The exhibition will be spread across several rooms at the Grand Palais, with set design by Robert Carsen. It will open with an iconic symbol of Louis Vuitton, a trunk dating back to 1906, and will be split into nine themes covering the design house’s links with the art world, plus other fields such as cars, yachts, aviation, writing, and beauty.


Similarly, Series 3 looks at the past, present and future of Louis Vuitton across a series of rooms – hence the name. The focus here is the vision of Ghesquière in the Fall/Winter 2015 collection. There is a secret final room here, which can be discovered in the Louis Vuitton Marina Bay Sands flagship store.

Many of the special orders made by Louis Vuitton will also be put on show. The exhibition will end with a room dedicated to the company’s craftsmanship.

“Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” — from December 4, 2015 to February 21, 2016 — at the Salon d’Honneur in the Grand Palais, Paris.

5 Watches Bringing High Fashion to Your Wrist

Fashion watches bear their houses’ codes to match technical brilliance with sartorial splendor. Our thanks to the team at Men’s Folio Singapore for putting together this spread to inspire us.


Dior Chiffre Rouge A02 in stainless steel with bracelet; Dior Homme Cotton shirt, wool suit, pressed flower badges, silk bow tie


Gucci G-Timeless in steel with NATO strap, cotton shirt, wool pants, leather belt, assorted metal rings, wool beret


Louis Vuitton Escale Time Zone in steel with alligator strap, wool blend print jacket


Givenchy Seventeen Titanium Automatic Edition in titanium with NATO strap, silk blend print shirt, wool print pants


Hermès Slim d’Hermès Perpetual Calendar in rose gold with alligator strap, cotton shirt, cotton blend jumpsuit, wool turtleneck jumper


Photography by Joel Low; Styling by Tok Wei Lun

Grooming: Benedict Choo using M.A.C cosmetics

Model: Erlend /  Mannequin


Rugby World Cup trophy

Louis Vuitton designs case for Rugby World Cup trophy

Rugby World Cup trophy

Louis Vuitton is collaborating for the first time with the Rugby World Cup to design a case for the Webb Ellis Cup, the sport’s biggest prize.

The case has been hand-made in LV’s workshop outside of Paris, featuring the designer’s iconic Monogram canvas and brass locks. The case opens from the front and at the top in order to easily remove the trophy.

Louis Vuitton Rugby World Cup Case

Spectators will get their first look at the case during the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham on October 31.

Louis Vuitton has also designed the case for the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy as well as the case for the world’s oldest sports trophy, the America Cup’s silver ewer.

Volez Voguez Voyagez Louis Vuitton

Grand Palais in Paris to host Louis Vuitton exhibit

Volez Voguez Voyagez Louis Vuitton

An exhibition coming to Paris’s Grand Palais in December is to trace the Louis Vuitton brand’s history from trunk maker to luxury giant.

WWD reports that “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” will run from December 4 through February 21.

Olivier Saillard curates an exhibit that will fill 9 rooms in the palace’s Salon d’Honneur, covering the trunks, the evolution of travel, craftsmanship and Vuitton’s modern role in ready-to-wear and luggage for celebrities.

In 2012, the luxury brand was the subject of a an exhibition in Paris at Les Arts Décoratifs called “Louis Vuitton-Marc Jacobs.”

Takashi Murakami

Louis Vuitton Discontinues Its Takashi Murakami Collection

Takashi Murakami

 has announced that it is putting an end to its famous Multicolore monogram collection, designed by Takahashi Murakami.

The monogram design, which made its debut in 2003 at the brand’s spring fashion show, will slowly be phased out in stores.

Takashi Murakami Cherry Blossom collection

Louis Vuitton declined to comment specifically on the discontinuation of the collection but said they preferred to “look forward,” according to WWD.

The Multicolore monogram collection is the label’s longest lasting to date, and was made popular by celebrities like Paris Hilton, Anna Kournikova and Jessica Simpson.

Takashi Murakami Character Bag collection

The Multicolore monogram collection is just one of many collaborations between Louis Vuitton and the artist.

Alicia Vikander

Louis Vuitton F/W 2015 “Series 3” Ad Campaign

Alicia Vikander

Louis Vuitton artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière has tapped photographers Bruce Weber and Juergen Teller for the brand’s fall-winter 2015 campaign.

Alicia Vikander Louis Vuitton FW2015

Called ‘Series 3’, the advertisements feature models Rianne van Rompaey, Angel Rutledge, Fernanda Ly, Liya Kebede, Julia Merkelbach and Freja Beha Erichsen as well as actresses Jennifer Connelly and Alicia Vikander.

Jennifer Connelly Louis Vuitton FW2015

The ads were shot in Barcelona, Spain by Juergen Teller, while Bruce Weber has used a private airport in Miami, Florida for this shoot.

Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2015

The brand’s fall 2015 ads are slated to break in a range of August fashion magazines, according to Fashion Gone Rogue.


Louis Vuitton store shanghai

Louis Vuitton named world’s most valuable luxury brand

Louis Vuitton store shanghai

In the battle for brand influence, Apple edged out Google as the most influential global brand and Louis Vuitton maintained its 10-year reign, keeping the top spot on the luxury chart as brand analyist company Millward Brown released its rankings on Wednesday.

The 10th Annual Brandz Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands Ranking was released Wednesday by WWP and Millward Brown, and ranked Microsoft in the third position, followed by IBM.

For Louis Vuitton, it’s been 10 years of domination over Hermès, Gucci and Chanel who finished in the second, third and fourth spots, respectively, when it came to luxury houses.

The full list of the world’s most influential brands is available on PDF.

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016 in Palm Springs

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016

The darlings of the fashion world gathered in Palm Springs, California, on Wednesday for the Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection 2015 sunset show.

And what a show it was: Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière presented a playful, dramatic and yet sophisticated collection in which vintage glamour was given a modern edge.

The show opened with fluid maxi skirts and dresses and flowing blouses cut drastically across the midriff by large studded leather belts and buckles.

LV 2016 cruise collection


Leather paneling and zip details leant gravitas to the pretty floral or nautical fabric prints. Silhouettes were kept loose and materials luxe, with silk featuring heavily throughout.

The colors were intense and saturated, with quilted housecoats in plush reds and dreamy lilac tones thrown into the mix with bottle green motorbike jackets and a tangerine studded flared jumpsuit.

LV cruise 2016


Tailored trousers in taupes, whites and beiges added a classic sophistication to the look but were livened up with patchwork suede coats or sequined color-block jackets.

The real playfulness was in the detailing, from using studs to create shape for dresses and blouses to beaded fringing on tops and lots of zips.

Louis Vuitton 2016 cruise collection

Flower motif cut-outs on stiff leather dresses and ruffled collars also made an appearance.

Though the silhouettes were considered and balanced and the craftwork impeccable, this was a collection that underlined the joy of travel.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2015 Ad Campaign

French luxury brand Louis Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière teamed up with Annie Leibovitz, Juergen Teller and Bruce Weber for a second eyecatching campaign titled ‘Series 2’.

First teased last week on the designer’s instagram feed, Louis Vuitton’s Series 2 follows in the footsteps of Series 1.

Annie Leibovitz for Louis Vuitton Series 2

Annie Leibovitz, Juergen Teller and Bruce Weber took on the task again, and explored Ghesquière’s new Spring/Summer 2015 collection for the brand, each one adapting their signature style to the task.

Leibovitz photographed fashion A-lister Freja Beha Erichsen from three buildings currently under construction on the edge of Central Park, while Bruce Weber shot Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly in Miami, and also shot a video of the Hollywood star.

Bruce Weber for Louis Vuitton Series 2

Meanwhile, Juergen Teller worked with a host of emerging runway and editorial talent in a Parisian townhouse.

Juergen Teller for Louis Vuitton Series 2

Jean Campbell, Rianne Von Rompaey, Daphne Simons and Marte Mei van Haaster appear in the black paneled room in the ready-to-wear and accessories.

Louis Vuitton Series 2

All the images will break in February 2015 issues of magazines around the globe.

Jennifer Connelly Louis Vuitton campaign

New Louis Vuitton campaign stars Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly Louis Vuitton campaign

Nicolas Ghesquière has unveiled the Spring/Summer 2015 Louis Vuitton campaign on his Instagram account.

The French brand has teamed up with Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, and Juergen Teller for a second successive season of advertising images.


Freja Beha Erichsen Louis Vuitton campaign

The new pictures, which were released by Ghesquière over the weekend and Monday morning via his Instagram account, are the first taste of a full campaign set to arrive early next year.

Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly and Danish model and fashion muse Freja Beha Erichsen are the two models who have been revealed in the three images, with an additional focus on one of the new collection’s bags, which was highlighted by Teller.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2015 campaign

Leibovitz’s shot of Erichsen shows the model captured up high, overlooking NYC’s Central Park, while Weber snapped Connelly in his trademark black-and-white style standing on pebbles in front of a stark white wall.


Louis Vuitton Inaugurates New La Fabrique du Temps Facility in Meyrin

Louis Vuitton Inaugurates La Fabrique Du Temps 4Last Tuesday, Louis Vuitton inaugurated its La Fabrique du Temps watchmaking facility in Meyrin, Geneva, bringing for the first time all its watchmaking capabilities under one roof. In attendance was Hamdi Chatti, vice-president of watches and jewellery at Louis Vuitton, Monique Boget, mayor of Meyrin, and Pierre Maudet, vice president of the State Council Department of Security, Police and Economy of Geneva.Despite being a relative newcomer to watchmaking (Louis Vuitton’s first watch was the Tambour released in 2002), the maison has made great inroads into the field. The current range of timepieces Louis Vuitton current offers includes high complications such as minute repeaters and mystery watches, to mid complications like worldtimers, down to simple three hand quartz watches.Louis Vuitton Inaugurates La Fabrique Du Temps 3According to Benoit-Louis Vuitton, head of high watchmaking sales, Louis Vuitton will continue to offer a range of watches for all its customers, instead of focusing solely on “fine watchmaking” with its new capabilities. In addition to that, he stressed that the maison will maintain its focus on watches with complications related to travel, which is integral to the brand’s DNA. Lastly, he also hinted that the new facility at Meyrin will allow Louis Vuitton to obtain the Poinçon de Genève for its watches, which we will likely see unveiled at BaselWorld next year. Again, however, this will not be a focus for the brand, given its holistic approach to offering a range of products.Louis Vuitton Inaugurates La Fabrique Du Temps 5

Louis Vuitton Cindy Sherman trunk

Louis Vuitton campaign shot by Karl Lagerfeld unveiled

Louis Vuitton Cindy Sherman trunk

Louis Vuitton has unveiled the ad campaign for its collaboration with six of the most creative talents working in art, design, architecture and fashion.

The new  campaign was shot by Karl Lagerfeld, and features top models Australian Julia Nobis and Dane Freja Beha Erichsen.

Louis Vuitton Christian Louboutin bag

Shoe designer  has added his signature metallic studs and red lacquered leather to his effort, while Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons) has taken a typically considered approach to her tote design, cutting holes in the side of the bag.

Louis Vuitton Rei Kawakubo bag

Artist Cindy Sherman worked on a traveling trunk ‘studio on the move’ with a built in make-up mirror and a camera bag, while architect  kept things simple with a small twisted box bag.

Louis Vuitton Frank Gehry bag

Not willing to be outshone in the creativity stakes,  himself got combative with his design, turning the classic leather monogram into a pair of boxing gloves and a punchbag-shaped bucket bag.

Louis Vuitton Karl Lagerfeld boxing gloves

To round out the project, Aussie designer  created a backpack, and the new Apple employee got colorful with his shearling and monogram designs.

Louis Vuitton Marc Newson backpack

Vuitton has built a minisite with plenty of exclusive content, but you’ll have to contact the brand directly to get your hands on the exclusive pieces.

Fondation Louis Vuitton

Fondation Louis Vuitton almost ready for grand opening

Paris’s brand-new Fondation Louis Vuitton is almost ready for its public debut. Designed by , the striking glass building has been designed for the exploration of “artistic creation in all its forms.”

Located at the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the city’s picturesque Bois de Boulogne area, the building will house a permanent collection made up of works belonging to the collection of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH.


Fondation Louis Vuitton

It will also host two temporary exhibitions per month, in addition to musical events.

Set to open to the public at the end of this month with an “Inaugural Weekend Event,” the Fondation will host an artistic program to unfold in three stages between October 2014 and July 2015, with each stage including a temporary exhibition and a presentation of the collection.

Louis Vuitton Fondation

The first stage will run through December 2014, featuring an exhibition on the architecture of Frank Gehry for the Fondation Louis Vuitton and the presentation of certain works from the permanent collection, in addition to musical events from Lang Lang and Kraftwerk.

Louis Vuitton Fondation

The Fondation Louis Vuitton will open to the public on October 27 following an Inaugural Weekend from Friday, October 24 to Sunday, October 26. Free tickets for the inaugural weekend are available upon reservation.

More information: www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/en.html

Louis Vuitton Fondation paris

LV fall 2014 handbag campaign

Michelle Williams fronts new Louis Vuitton campaign

LV fall 2014 handbag campaign

Michelle Williams fronts the French luxury label’s fall 2014 handbag campaign, marking her third season as a campaign star for the brand.

Peter Lindbergh’s portraits show the actress carrying two emblematic Louis Vuitton bags, the Capucines and Lockit models in a variety of shades, and wearing the brand’s Emprise watch in a separate visual.

Louis Vuitton fall 2014 handbag ad campaign


For the first time, Williams is also dressed in clothes from the brand’s new creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, and was styled by Carine Roitfeld.

Louis Vuitton fall 2014 handbag campaign

The images will break in the October 2014 issues of magazines worldwide and sit alongside the brand’s full Fall/Winter 2014 ready-to-wear campaign shot by Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, and Juergen Teller.

LV fall 2014 handbag ad campaign