End of an Era: Marc Jacobs Leaves Louis Vuitton

Marc Jacobs takes his final walk as Creative Director at Louis Vuitton's S/S '14 show in Paris.
Marc Jacobs takes his final walk as Creative Director at Louis Vuitton’s S/S ’14 show in Paris.

Marc Jabobs is leaving Louis Vuitton, as Creative Director,  as plans take shape for the Marc Jacobs brand to go public.

During his 16-year tenure at the French house Jacobs transformed Louis Vuitton from a house only known for their luggage and trunks into a fashion icon.

Jacobs made Louis Vuitton one of the most desirable brands in the world through logo mania. Jacobs splashed the LV monogram and flowers on everything from bags to scarves to fur.

Fashion Editor Andre Leon Talley wearing a scarf from Louis Vuitton's Fall 2011 Collection.
Fashion Editor Andre Leon Talley wearing a scarf from Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2011 Collection.

He spearheaded the melding of the worlds of art and fashion via collaborations with artists like Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince.

Louis Vuitton "Neverfull" tote and coin purse from Japanese artist Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuittons Spring 2008 Collection
Louis Vuitton “Neverfull” tote and coin purse from Japanese artist Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuittons Spring 2008 Collection

The designer dedicated his last collection to “the women who inspire me and to the show girl in every one of them,” received a standing ovation for his final bow

According to Women’s Wear Daily, Jacobs wants to concentrate on the planned Initial Public Offering of his eponymous label. As to a successor, rumors persist that Nicolas Ghesquiere, formerly of Balenciaga, is poised to take over.

Until that news is announced, let us first enjoy photos from  Jacobs’ final collection for Louis Vuitton:

Louis Vuitton S/S'14  Pascal LeSergrentain/ Getty Images
Louis Vuitton S/S’14
Pascal LeSergrentain/ Getty Images
Louis Vuitton S/S'14  Pascal LeSergrentain/ Getty Images
Louis Vuitton S/S’14
Pascal LeSergrentain/ Getty Images
Louis Vuitton S/S'14  Pascal LeSergrentain/ Getty Images
Louis Vuitton S/S’14
Pascal LeSergrentain/ Getty Images
Louis Vuitton S/S'14  Pascal LeSergrentain/ Getty Images
Louis Vuitton S/S’14
Pascal LeSergrentain/ Getty Images

Marc Jacobs created a set that combined elements from his past shows. On the runway was a fountain, a carousel, old-fashioned elevators, a hallway of hotel room doors and a set of escalators. These elements created the mise en scene for the designer’s final bow at Louis Vuitton after sixteen years to see more photos click below:

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ehlm45mhmj/fashion-france-vuitton/

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