The day has finally arrived. Earlier this week, we gave you an exclusive sneak peek inside Karl Lagerfeld’s encapsulation of Louis Vuitton’s ‘The Icon and The Iconoclasts’ project in honor of the maison’s 160th anniversary, and without further ado Louis Vuitton has presented a closer look at each of the six items.
For the project, the French fashion house Louis Vuitton tasked fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, Rej Kawakubo as well as architect Frank Gehry, photographer Cindy Sherman and industrial designer Mark Newson with creating a series of accessories using the brand’s signature monogram print. Each of the selected iconoclasts has designed a series of luggage sets, in lieu of the label’s heritage as a trunk maker.
Here is everything that you need to know about The Icon and The Iconoclasts:
For the ‘Celebrating Monogram’ project, Christian Louboutin rendered his signature codes to the Monogram, with an obvious red, metal studs and feminine bows. The stylish shopping bag is ornamented with leather ribbons and a studded outer pocket with an eye-catching back panel of red calf hair.
For her Camera Messenger, visual artist Cindy Sherman drew on memories of the colorful hotel labels affixed to vintage Vuitton trunks. The bag evokes Sherman’s own journey as a photographer, with nine embroidered patches that incorporate images from her personal oeuvre. The messenger bag has detachable strap and leather handles which makes the piece very practical.
Architect Frank Gehry applies his avant-garde mastery to the construction of this sculptural bijou of a bag in Monogram canvas. For all its delicacy, the Twisted Box was the most technically challenging piece of the entire “Celebrating Monogram” collection, owing to the combination of rigid lines – typical of iconic Vuitton trunk – and the graceful curves that make the bag such a pleasure to wear. A press of the golden-brass clasp reveals a surprising blue lambskin interior, embossed with a Monogram pattern hand-drawn by Frank Gehry.
Punching Bag Baby
The “Baby” Punching Bag brings a fresh, feminine allure to iconic Monogram canvas. The material is supple and body-friendly, beautifully enhanced with double chain handles in aged golden brass. A special tanning process gives the cowhide leather trim an appealingly lived-in, vintage look. This is the smallest piece from Karl Lagerfeld’s extravagant Boxing suite.
Industrial designer Marc Newson set out to create a truly functional object; the sculptural backpack. Monogram canvas provides structure while soft shearling lends comfort and accents the biomorphic shape. Inside, the roomy central space and a host of pockets keep belongings organized. The bag pack is available in blue and beige.
Bag With Holes
Rej Kawakubo revisits Louis Vuitton’s Sac Plat to produce this provocative “Bag with Holes.” Sleek and capacious, the bag is a natural for travel in durable Monogram canvas. The practical insert pouch keeps belongings secure. It has asymmetric, frayed cutouts and cowhide leather handles and trim.