Fashion House To Collaborate With Six Designers
Karl Lagerfeld and Rei Kawubu are just two of the names invited to work on a limited edition product range with Louis Vuitton.
The French luxury goods firm’s ‘the Icon and the Iconoclasts’ project will celebrate the brand’s 160th anniversary.
The Chanel front man and Comme des Garçons founder is joined by designers Christian Louboutin and Marc Newson, photographer Cindy Sherman, and architect Frank Gehry.
All six will reinterpret the iconic LV gold and brown monogram design used on trunks, bags and luggage, originally created in 1896.
Spearheaded by executive vice president, Delphine Arnault, she told WWD:
“We have assembled an amazing group of talents — geniuses, I would say. Each one is among the best in his or her field. The monogram is at the centre of our house, so we celebrate it every day. But we thought this project was really special because the personalities we chose are fascinating and diverse.”
Industrial designer Newson, who has produced bicycles, yachts and sculptures as well as furniture and household objects in the past, has been confirmed to be working on a men’s bag.
The Australian is known to many for his work within London’s Design, V&A and Modern Art museums in London, as well as the Centre Georges Pompidou in France.
Newson has also previously designed clothes for G-Star Raw and co-founded the Ikepod watch company.
It has not yet been confirmed whether any further menswear pieces will make up the range, which is due to launch later this year.
The collaboration, the first under new Vuitton artistic director Nicolas Ghesquiere, follows that which marked the luxury firm’s 100th anniversary.
The previous round included contributions by Azzedine Alaia, Manolo Blahnik, Romeo Gigli, Helmut Lang, Isaac Mizrahi, Sybilla and Vivienne Westwood.
Despite operating rival companies, it is thought Arnault included Karl Lagerfeld following his work on the judging panel for the LVMH Prize For Young Designers, won by Thomas Tait.
The Icon and the Iconoclasts collection is expected to hit stores in mid-October. A statement has said pieces will range in price from €2,000 — €4,000 (£1,600 — £3,300 at current exchange).
View more on the project at Icon.LouisVuitton.com.