Monday, December 8, 2008

Faces And Labels

Photo: Harper's Bazaar

Everyone’s favourite exhibitionist fashion designer, Marc Jacobs is posing in the buff for his latest limited-edition Louis Vuitton collection, tan lines and all. The day-glo graffiti design is a tribute to the late designer and artist Stephen Sprouse who tagged all over bags and cases for the popular LV Spring 2001 collection.

The new exclusive collection, which includes t-shirts, dresses, sunglasses, bracelets, a towel, and a sweatband, debuts next month along with a special website dedicated to Sprouse, dubbed The site, set to go live Dec. 15, will feature cool interviews from people who knew Sprouse and their commentary on how he influenced fashion and art. Jacobs claims that he "channeled Stephen" throughout this project, and even created a custom- made skateboard and skateboard case, which is going to be up for auction.

It was reported earlier this year that Madonna was shooting an ad campagin for Louis Vuitton, and now a few of the images have surfaced. The pictures were shot by Steven Meisel, who previously shot Madonna for her book SEX. The campaign is set to roll out in February. The chemistry between the two is evident as - in a sepia-toned setting reminiscent of a Paris café in the Forties, with its zinc bar, bentwood chairs and air thick with smoke - Madonna transforms into Marc Jacobs' vision of the quintessential Parisienne, striking provocative poses in the season's sexy short skirts, ethnic-inspired sandals and animal-print bangles.

Photos: :LA Times Blogs

This is a quote via WWD on how Marc Jacobs came up with the idea of using Madonna:

“When Marc Jacobs found himself in a meeting on a recent Monday morning to brainstorm about Louis Vuitton’s next fashion advertising campaign, inspiration struck. ‘I just blurted out, ‘I think we should do Madonna,’’ said the designer, Vuitton’s creative director, mentioning he’d attended a concert by the pop icon the night before in Paris. ‘I was totally just blown away by it, and moved by her performance, by what she had to say, and her energy.’ As the meeting went on, Jacobs tapped out a message to Madonna on his BlackBerry, and within about five minutes came the reply: ‘I’d love to.’ Although [Vuitton’s director of communications Antoine] Arnault declined to give figures, he said media budgets for the fashion campaign would be on par with a year ago. And he dismissed as ‘absurd’ reports pegging Madonna’s fees at $10 million. ‘It’s very far away from that,’ he assured.”

Photo: NYmag

Daisy Lowe's
name became famous on account of her illegitimate father (Gavin Rossdale) and socialite mother (Pearl Lowe). But now the model is making her mark with her own style and she is Marc Jacobs' latest muse. She is set to be the star of the spring and summer ad campaigns for his Marc by Marc Jacobs line. "I think she looks adorable," the designer said. The images were shot by Juergen Teller. Now, Lowe is not your typical stick-thin model, but is known for her curves. Recently, the London Times wondered if her rise was paving the way for a new wave of models who are a normal, healthy-looking shape. Lowe has posed for plenty of editorial spreads for magazines like Italian Vogue and i-D, but her advertising work is more limited. She's modeled for lingerie giant Agent Provocateur, Converse, and French Connection, but never a high-fashion designer like Jacobs. With one of the industry's most influential designers behind her curves, will the aesthetic trickle down?


suz said...

madonna looks incredible in those ads. holy moly! 50 has never looked so good!!!

punky said...

omg...DAISY LOWE is amazing!