After a 16 year reign, the American designer announced his departure from Louis Vuitton on Wednesday, 1st September, after the luxury brand’s final show in Paris Fashion Week. With the need to focus on his own expanding brand (which is expected to be approaching the billion-dollar leagues!) and a contract set to expire at the end of the year (although LV were up for negotiations), Jacobs felt it was the right time to step down from his role.
The luxury fashion house adopted Jacobs into the family in 1997. They knew he was talented and full of ideas, but they did not expect him to revolutionise the company in a way that made Louis Vuitton one of the most sought-after luxury brand in the world!
“He orchestrated the transformation of the leather goods giant from a stodgy luggage house to a global fashion presence,” (Women’s Wear Daily).
Jacobs is now regarded as one of his generation’s finest talents with a knack for producing hit after hit. He infused the Parisian house, founded in 1854, with a contemporary relevance and locked it into pop culture with collaborations with artists like Richard Prince and the Chapman brothers.
His catwalk extravaganzas, which have included carousels, a working steam train and Kate Moss smoking, have provided the most memorable fashion moments in a generation and have put the brand at the heart of the fashion circus.
Marc Jacobs’ role with Louis Vuitton has been filled with passion, success, innovation, and a spark. And he surely concluded it with a BANG!
A model wearing a sheer bodystocking decorated with the famous Stephen Sprouse graffiti for the label, appeared sporting a huge black feather headpiece as she strutted her stuff down the runway to some upbeat tunes.
A succession of models followed; all wearing black with headdresses followed.
A symbol of showgirls in mourning perhaps???
The show notes were dedicated to all the women who inspired Jacobs in the past, and more importantly THE SHOWGIRL IN ALL OF US!