Louis Vuitton City Guides 2013: New York City

18/09/2012 § 1 Comment

It’s always a favorite time of year for me when details about the annual Louis Vuitton City Guides — and their accompanying video clips — start to emerge from the ether, but when the House of Vuitton decides to feature New York City first, it’s a double win.  In its fourteenth year of publication, the Guides offer the discerning traveller expert advice on a select group of cities in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Kicking off the 2013 guides in a perfect marriage of travel and cocktailing,* we find ourselves in hot pursuit of a perfect Manhattan in Manhattan — a shaken cocktail that has shown remarkable staying power since its invention at the Manhattan Club in 1870 — we visit Jimmy at the James Hotel, Le Bain at the The Standard Hotel, The Summit Bar on the Lower East Side and Amor y Amargo in the East Village.

I don’t know about you, but my watch definitely just hit cocktail o’ clock.

*probably not a word, but should be.

The Downton Express {Louis Vuitton F/W 2012}

20/03/2012 § 1 Comment

Have you ever wanted to love something so much, because you felt it was thisclose to perfection — but you just couldn’t quite get there?  This was the exact feeling I had while watching the Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2012 show.  Even before that magnificent train fully pulled into the “station” and the models disembarked one at a time, trailed by immaculate porters bearing the iconic bags the house of Vuitton is known for, I knew that Marc Jacobs was pulling from the same early 20th century inspiration well that Ralph had also dipped into (and that I loved) and I got excited — but I should have seen the kaleidoscopic Jacobs twist coming.  Indeed, with all the glittery doo-dads, exaggerated silhouettes and ridiculous hat action, I wouldn’t be very surprised to learn Dr. Suess or Tim Burton had assisted.  And while I definitely respect Vuitton for pushing their boundaries, I must admit that I frequently feel disinterested in the brand’s contemporary fashion collections.  I suppose I’m just not a Marc Jacobs girl.

The bags and luggage are usually a different story, and while I did find plenty to like among the collection’s accessories, I was still most bowled over the amazing production value of the show — which is destined to be my favorite concept for a very long time.  I did want to share a few bright spots from the show though, which were best shown by the detail photos of Yannis Vlamos for Vogue Magazine.

Perfection. Complete and utter perfection.

Of course, if you are more of a Marc Jacobs fan than I,
you can head here to view the full collection (via Vogue).

Also amazing is this short film produced by Louis Vuitton, which is a lovely behind-the-scenes look at the show’s preparations all the way through its execution:

Louis Vuitton Men’s S/S 2011 featuring Scott Campbell

02/12/2010 § Leave a comment

Louis Vuitton hits the high notes with the first installment in a “video diptyque” (aka two part series) that introduces their men’s spring/summer 2011 collections.  Vuitton has seized upon visual and tattoo artist Scott Campbell as the  embodiment of the upcoming season — with good reason, as he collaborated on the collection — and we are treated to view a day in his life.  It’s got a little bit of everything: a run across what looks like the Manhattan Bridge, his creative studio space, paper cut art and printmaking, the beautiful artwork on his body, an adorable dog, an abundance of the Damier Graphite Canvas collection (Sidenote: I really, really, REALLY think there ought to be a choice selection of women’s pieces in Damier Graphite Canvas.  It isn’t fair for the men to have it all to themselves.  Are you listening, LV?), a sweet motorcycle, bookstore meandering, a voyage to a mysterious location via CDG, lots of beautiful luggage and amazing clothes.

Stay tuned.  We’ll catch up with Scott later.

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