Louis Vuitton’s $101,000 Minaudière symbolizes Vuitton-Marc Jacobs eternal partnership
The French luxury goods company Louis Vuitton is known for its accessories; from traditional to one-of-a-kind luxury goods, the brand is favorite with fashionistas and collectors alike. We have recently told you about their Merry Go Round collection from their spring/summer 2012 collection, and the latest show stopper from Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2012 women’s bag collection is definitely the Coquille D’ Oeuf Minaudiere. At $101,000, the couture bag design is definitely the most desirable object and a must-have for eager fashionistas.
Elusive or not, the D’ Oeuf Minaudiere design launch symbolizes the celebrated partnership between founder Louis Vuitton and creative director Marc Jacobs. Their eternal partnership was on display at an exhibition that witnessed a grand opening at the Musée Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris this weekend. The exhibition marks the homecoming for Vuitton who started his career as a trunk packer for rich Parisians and finally set up shop in 1854. The exhibition reinstated Vuitton and Jacobs’ insights into the history of fashion while also focusing on the advent of artistic talent and craftsmanship, technological advances, styles and artistic collaborations.
The fifteen long years of Vuitton’s creative handbag collection was frozen in an exhibit that displayed Vuitton handbags within a giant chocolate-box. The exhibition is a retrospection of the brilliance of the legendary duo-Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs at the Le Arts Decoratifs in Paris. The exhibits attempt to portray the genius of these two men from two different centuries with the aim of bringing out the common element that lends creativity and ingenuity to their individual characters!
The design portfolio of the Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2012 compliments Vuitton’s theme of sustaining a light airy spirit in its collection this year. The idea is to play with leather by giving it soft shapes and pastel shades for a ready-to-wear balanced appeal!
The high-point of the collection, the dainty Coquille D’ Oeuf Minaudiere has been put together using 12, 500 pieces of eggshells! Patient craftsmanship for over 600 hours tackled the making of the monogram mosaic for this couture bag design.
A crazy approach has been to introduce a line of monogram joke collection bags this Spring/summer 2012. One range is categorized as Louis Vuitton ‘Mancrazy’ Monogram Jokes Handbag while others have been uniquely named as Louis Vuitton ‘Graduate’ Monogram Jokes Tote, Louis Vuitton ‘Heartbreak’ Monogram Jokes Tote and the Louis Vuitton ‘Duderanch’ Monogram Jokes Tote.
The monogram joke collections bag range, endorsed by artist Richard Prince, is embellished with acid colors on a monogram pattern. Currently retailing at £1450, the monogram joke collection is characterized by canvas, microfibre lining and antique golden brass pieces. The other accessories in this bag collection bears double zip closure, separate zippered compartments, cell phone case holder and a D-ring for holding a purse or key holder.
One of the museum exhibits that depict a row of nurses toting handbags commemorates the artistry of Richard Prince in this particular bag creation and his association with the house of Louis Vuitton.
The $ 4700 Suship Speedy North South design is slated as the real luxury collection for this year’s spring/summer choice. This model is lot more curvaceous and has been created in supple calfskin with a touch of the classic recipe of navy and white combination.
The Crocodile Old Speedy Flap design for 2012 has been reinterpreted bearing a flap with a vintage flair designed in prized crocodile and whitewashed patina. At US $33,000, the limited edition collection has a choice of three colors- mint, Nuit and Jaune
Lockit bag, one of the iconic fetishes of the fall collection stages a come-back with a number of variations this spring/summer. The two basic variants are Transparent Lockit priced at $3450 and the Transparent Lockit East West. At $3600, the bag has been innovatively designed from transparent nylon. The main bag variations are seen within the Lockit range of dainty clutch and a classic stretched Lockit. The Lockit range has captured the ‘All in white’ theme with classic transparent monogram embroidered with a finish of white leather.
The summery Monogram Nouvelle Vague Collection is an exciting range in the Louis Vuitton bag collection. The $4380 tote bag with a top handle and shoulder strap is available in Turquoise and Corail. Though steep, its ‘La Tour Eiffel’ prints might just make it hotter this season!
While Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2011 too featured a $35,500 Monogram Nova minaudière, this year the stakes are much higher.