The L: Louis Vuitton, Louboutin and Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld's Hook
Karl Lagerfeld’s Hook

Louis Vuitton releases the Celebrating Monogram collection, collaboration with a handful of world-renowned fashion icons for the brand’s 160th anniversary. In a continued spirit of innovation, six iconoclasts reimagine the signature French powerhouse, breaking the mold of convention. Some exciting new additions include as an all-leather, UFC gym-quality Punching Bag by Karl Lagerfeld and a classic caddy by Christian Louboutin. 

Christian Louboutin lends his amorous signature red detail for the Louis Vuitton Celebrating Monogram collection.
Christian Louboutin lends his amorous signature red detail for the Louis Vuitton Celebrating Monogram collection.

“For his contributions to ‘Celebrating Monogram,’ Christian Louboutin achieved a rather amazing mind-meld of his own signature codes – red (of course), metal studs, feminine bows – with those of Monogram. His Shopping Bag conjures a vision of the mythical Parisienne, always chic and impeccably turned out, even while running errands. This outrageously stylish tote pairs Monogram canvas with an eye-catching back panel of red calf hair. Ornamented with leather ribbons and a studded outer pocket, the bag is eminently practical, too, with compartments and pockets designed for optimal organization.”

 Now…I don’t promote leather. Or consumerism. But If I did…
I would be all over this Christian Loboutin/Louis Vuitton iconic holiday collaboration bag.
I would sing songs of praise to signature red disguised as delicate piping.
I would make note of the glittering gold hardware updated with Louboutin’s sassy spikes.
I would be in awe of the monogram’s whimsical embrace of the Loboutin-Louis Vuitton common confusion, taking pleasure in knowing that high fashion inspires street wear inspires high fashion.

But. I. Don’t. Promote. Leather or consumerism.

Not even when two of the most highly sought after designers collaborate on a French masterpiece for a limited-run holiday handbag. A masterpiece with hand-stitching, divine details and years of history coming to a cultural-fashion pique.

Nope. Not even then..!  😉

Instead, I will focus on another hallmark.  Making of “Reincarnation,” the new short film by Karl Lagerfeld perfectly illustrates the seamless transition between the not-so-separate worlds of film and fashion. Model Cara Delevingne follows in the footsteps of Gisele Bundchen and Nicole Kidman, channelling Chanel muse. Always one to wear many (stylish) hats, artist Pharrell Williams writes, sings and performs “CC the World,” the original soundtrack for Reincarnation.


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