Created in the 1930s, the Speedy bag has become synonymous with Louis Vuitton’s signature Spirit of Travel. Originally named the Express, the original design was a reflection of the advent of the new, faster modes of transportation that dramatically transformed everyday life. During the 1960s, Louis Vuitton created a smaller size as a special order for Audrey Hepburn, and thus one of the most recognizable city bags was born. Continually reimagined in new colors and materials season after season, the Louis Vuitton Speedy bag has earned the status of a timeless icon.
Combining timeless appeal with modern relevance, the Speedy is one of Louis Vuitton’s most recognizable bags.Handbags
Louis Vuitton releases a new edition in its Fashion Eye book series devoted to Saint Tropez, through the lens of Osma Harvilahti.
Finnish photographer Osma Harvilahti was chosen to share his understated and intimate view of Saint Tropez, the town on the French Riviera more often associated with the glamour of international jet set travelers. Harvilahti’s photographs have always been fundamentally documentary in nature, culled with spontaneity and nuance from the world around him. Making personal projects about the places he visits and the people he encounters along the way, he plucks out the most intimate and vivid details of his surroundings to fix within the frame.
What began as an early interest in street photography, and a penchant for the pure lines and formal order of the Bauhaus movement, slowly evolved into a sensitivity towards curating and capturing the compositions of everyday phenomena. Harvilahti has honed a brightly colored, clean and graphic aesthetic that interrogates pattern, shadow, form, and surface with aching honesty.Books Travel Photography
Louis Vuitton releases a new edition in its Fashion Eye book series devoted to the French Riviera, through the lens of Slim Aarons.
Saint Tropez, Cannes, Antibes, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Monaco… the French Riviera is one of the most photogenic destinations that has long been favored by celebrities, socialites, and jet setters. Slim Aarons, the famed American photographer, saw his job as "photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places," making him a natural choice to capture the spirit of the French Riviera for Louis Vuitton’s Fashion Eye series.
Slim Aarons began his career as a war photographer for US Army during World War II before contributing to the era’s most famous picture magazines such as Life, Holiday, Flair, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue. Known for his documentation of society’s elite at play and at parties, Aaron created a distinctive look that strongly influenced many fashion designers from the 1990s on. This new Louis Vuitton Fashion Eye brings together a selection of Aaron’s photographs taken in the French Riviera from the 1950s-1980s.Books Travel Photography
Revisiting the Louis Vuitton Men's Spring-Summer 2020 Show through the lens of director Julian Klincewicz.
Continuing his exploration of boyhood, Virgil Abloh staged his Spring-Summer 2020 Fashion Show as an ode to the typical idea of childhood bliss. Against the backdrop of the postcard-perfect Place Dauphine, accented by childhood symbols such as kites and balloons, the latest Louis Vuitton Men's Fashion Show was presented while the Heritage Orchestra, directed by Chris Wheeler and conductor Tom Richards, performed a medley of tracks live under the musical direction of Benji B.
Florals - both real flowers "foliaged" onto mid-layers, hats, and bags as well as embroidered motifs and crocheted - provided the overarching inspiration as a naturally occurring metaphor for diversity. The collection's palette is rooted in the colors of the garden: jessamine yellow, sage, moss green, forget-me-not blue, heirloom lilac, peony pink, fuchsia, etc. Other horticultural inspiration includes straw gardening hats, wellington boots, and functional gloves. See a selection of looks in a new light in this video by Julian Klincewicz.Menswear Virgil Abloh Runway
For his Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2020 Collection, Men's Artistic Director Virgil Abloh lionizes the instinctive, the habitual, and the natural.
Flowers, a staple element in fashion, are observed as a naturally occurring metaphor for diversity. In bloom, they are as beautiful on a micro level as they are on a macro level. Too often relegated to trivial motifs, flowers are wonders of nature: multi-faceted, free in expression, movement, and metamorphosis. In the cityscape, flowers blend into a horizon of unsung heroes: the magnificent buildings, bridges, and pavements to which we grow accustomed and partially blind. Seen in a new light, or wrapped in different packaging, they merge in newfound splendor.
Beyond this omnipresent horticultural influence, Virgil Abloh furthers his exploration of the idea of boyhood as it intersects with fashion. Through the stages of boyhood, young men's encounter with clothes and fashion is yet to be influenced by societal programming. Our exploration of dress codes is still liberated of those codes; of social norms, gender conventions, and cultural conduct. As we get older, we intuitively adapt to the familiarity of our surroundings. In a digital age oversaturated with views and visual data, stopping to smell the roses de-programs the mind and makes new space for freedom of thought.Menswear Virgil Abloh Runway