In case you’ve been absent from the fashion land, Marc Jacobs is leaving his post at luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton. The designer received a standing ovation at his final Louis Vuitton ready-to-wear show at Paris Fashion Week. And let’s face it, the man’s certainly earned it.
From the moment Jacobs took the helm in 1997 and introduced LV’s first ready-to-wear collection he’s had moment after moment of fashion genius and has managed to turn the iconic French brand from luggage maker to a fashion house to be reckoned with.
In his 16 years at the helm of Vuitton, Jacobs was not one to shy away from innovation. How could anyone forget the collaboration with graffiti artist Steven Sprouse? And what about the Takashi Murakami collection that resulted in too-cute bags adorned with cherries, flowers and a colourful LV monogram? He enlisted pals like Sophia Coppola and Kanye West to design for the brand and turned his fashion shows into elaborate theatrical productions incorporating everything from escalators to a train.
Jacobs is said to be stepping down to concentrate on his own eponymous label so we can only expect bigger things to come from the Marc Jacobs brand. A replacement has not yet been announced but it’s said that former Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquiere is in talks with Louis Vuitton to take over. Thanks Marc Jacobs, we’ve enjoyed every minute.
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