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King of the travel trunk, Louis Vuitton set up his eponymous label in Paris in 1854. Replacing luxurious leather with waterproof canvas, and a dome shaped case with a flat-topped trunk, he totally revolutionised the way people (well, people’s stuff) got around. Fast-forward over a century and the iconic ‘LV’ logo is everywhere. To steer the brand in a new direction, in 1997, LVMH appointed Marc Jacobs as artistic director of Louis Vuitton. Since then, Jacobs has enhanced the company’s image – not least through his collaborations with artists Takashi Murakami, Stephen Sprouse and Richard Prince on seasonal designs – and repositioned it as a ready-to-wear fashion label. His spring/summer 14 show included all the sets of his previous iconic runways – the grand central station vibes, elevators, carousel, hotel corridors, and fountain of seasons past, all painted a mournful black – and marked the end of an era, as Marc Jacobs announced his departure from the house of Louis Vuitton. A naked Edie Campbell – in nothing but a g-string, handcuffs and chains, and the dark, glittering scribbles of Stephen Sprouse – made her circuit round the runway, ensuring Marc’s legacy shall never be forgotten. On 4th November 2013 it was annnounced that Nicolas Ghuesquière would succed Marc as artistic director.


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