The fashion world was rocked last week when Marc Jacobs revealed he was leaving Louis Vuitton after 16 years to focus on his own brand.
The announcement came after what will now be Jacobs’ final collection for LVMH was showcased at Paris Fashion Week. And it was certainly a fitting tribute to his time at the brand, incorporating many of the stunning props used throughout previous seasons.
A match made in fashion heaven
Since joining Louis Vuitton in 1997, Jacobs has undeniably made his mark. It’s easy to forget that before he joined, Louis Vuitton was a luggage label and didn’t even do clothes.
Since his first, mostly black, collection walked down the catwalk in spring 1998, Jacobs has created a strong identity for LVMH and been pivotal in bringing trends including monochrome, ladylike-chic and underwear-as-outerwear to the forefront of fashion.
We’ve also got Jacobs to thank for some of the best fashion collaborations of the past decade. Louis Vuitton’s link-ups with Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama have all resulted in hugely successful collections.
And while we may not have modelled them ourselves, the now iconic Louis Vuitton bunny ears have certainly earned the brand some publicity.
Who’ll step into Marc’s shoes?
While we are sad to see Jacobs leave Louis Vuitton, we’ll admit we’re a bit excited to see who’ll take over at the label.
Nicolas Ghesquière, the former creative director for Balenciaga, is the hot favourite to take on the role and we think he’d be perfect.
Not only has he shown a flair for creating must-own It bags (there was a legendary waiting list for the Balenciaga motorcycle bag), he has demonstrated he can take an already established brand and put his own spin on it, rather than just focusing on what’s already in the archive.
This could mean some exciting new developments from LVMH. Think the fashion house’s classic silhouettes mixed with the sci-fi references and modern shapes Ghesquière favours.
Do you think Ghesquière’s the designer to follow in Jacobs’ footsteps?