Louis Vuitton marks 160th anniversary with Karl Lagerfeld and Frank Gehry
Marking the 160th anniversary of the house’s founding, Louis Vuitton's executive vice president Delphine Arnault, and artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière unveil their latest project which they have called 'Celebrating Monogram'
To help celebrate the special occasion, Louis Vuitton enlisted 6 iconoclasts from the fashion, art, architecture and industrial design industry, to re-imagine and re-interpret the iconic LV monogram for a new limited-edition series of bags – which will be available at select Louis Vuitton stores around the world beginning mid-October.
The new project sports a similar theme as the one done in 1996 for Louis Vuitton's centenarian celebration which saw designers Azzedine Alaïa, Manolo Blahnik, Romeo Gigli, Helmut Lang, Isaac Mizrahi, Sybilla and Vivienne Westwood contributing their own designs for the French fashion house.
"It has lived through the brand's countless evolutions, never losing its essence. The leading testament to the fashion house's success, it was only natural that we should pay homage to it," said Delphine Arnault while disccusing the famed monogram.
The selected iconoclasts for Louis Vuitton include Karl Lagerfeld, who designed a trio of traveling pieces with a punching bag, suitcase and trunk. Architect Frank Gehry – whose Fondation Louis Vuitton centre opens in Paris next month – implemented a unique structural shape into his design with a twisted box handbag. While performance artist Cindy Sherman celebrated with a large trunk and camera messenger.
Product designer Marc Newson also joined in on the LV fun with an orange fleece backpack, as did shoe designer Christian Louboutin who incorporated the LV monogram, and the iconic red that lines the sole of his shoes into a shopping bag and trolley. And lastly, Comme des Garçons Rei Kawakubo stuck to her true minimalistic style with a handbag that features large holes, revealing the tote's inner lining.