Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Louis Vuitton on 57th St. and 5th Ave.; CL = Christian Louboutin, one of LV's Iconoclasts

Both presents and "presence" steal the spotlight in Louis Vuitton's Fifth Ave. windows. A play on signatures and signature designers, LV features 6 iconoclasts in its 160th anniversary celebrating monogram campaign. Alongside their initials, Christian Louboutin, Cindy Sherman, Frank Gehry, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Newson and Rei Kawakubo each redefine the concept of 'signature' by injecting their unique personalities into an LV monogrammed piece. Keep reading for a peek at the products...

Christian Louboutin's "Shopping Trolley" ($23,300) sports his signature red. What a Parisienne-inspired piece!

A studded exterior and hints of red allude to Christian Louboutin's inspiration in 2 Parisienne-inspired pieces. Frank Gehry's architectural lines and structured shape make his "Twisted Box" the most technically challenging to produce. A barely-useable bucket tote with strategically placed holes is Rei Kawakubo's contribution, while Cindy Sherman embellishes a fully functional camera bag with hotel badges. Marc Newson's fleece packs (with LV monogrammed bottoms) is the least "LV," while Karl Lagerfeld's punching trunk is perhaps the most costly to the consumer. 

FG = Frank Gehry

To complete the series, six photographers and directors were engaged to capture the essence of each icon. Have a look at LV's  celebrating monogram site to see the handiwork of Gordon Von Steiner, Johnny Dufort, Pierre Debusschere, Colin Dodgson, Micha Michael Alvedon and Jennifer Livingston.

"Twisted Box" by Frank Gehry ($4,400)--Like a slice of cake! This is the most technically challenging piece to produce

 CS = Cindy Sherman

The "Camera Messenger" ($4,300) inspired by Cindy Shearman embodies the art and the travels of the photographer

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