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Louis Vuitton premieres “The Icon and the Iconoclasts” collection in Dubai

Luis Vuitton premiered some days ago the much awaited “The Icon and the Iconoclasts” collection at its flagship store at The Dubai Mall. The collection marks the 160th anniversary of Louis Vuitton’s founding and is the fruit of collaboration between the brand and six of the most iconic talents from the world of fashion, art, industrial design and architecture. Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel and Fendi, world famous architect Frank Gehry, celebrated artist Cindy Sherman, industrial and product designer Marc Newson, shoe designer Christian Louboutin, and fashion rebel Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons were asked to interpret in their personal way Louis Vuitton’s iconic monogram, and the results, from Gehry’s technically challenging handbag and Newson’s collection of colorful fleece backpacks to Karl Lagerfeld’s “Punching Bags” and Kawacubo’s tote bag with three holes the reveals the bag’s interior, are simply fabulous.

“The Monogram is the timeless icon of the Maison Louis Vuitton. It has lived through the brand’s countless evolutions, never losing its essence. The leading testament to the fashion house’s success, it was only natural that we should pay homage to it,” said Louis Vuitton’s executive vice president Delphine Arnault, who, along with Louis Vuitton’s artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière, headed the “Celebrating Monogram” initiative. “We have assembled an amazing group of talents – geniuses, I would say. Each one is among the best in his or her field,” Arnault continued. “The monogram is at the centre of our house, so we celebrate it every day. But we thought this project was really special because the personalities we chose are fascinating and diverse.”

The “Icon and the Iconoclasts” project, which is an excellent follow-up of Louis Vuitton’s centenary collection of 1996 that featured exclusive designs by Azzedine Alaia, Manolo Blahnik, Romeo Gigli, Helmut Lang, Isaac Mizrahi, Sybilla and Vivienne Westwood, is accompanied by a dedicated microsite, a special advertising campaign, a series of short films that reflect Louis Vuitton’s spirit of collaboration and innovation, directed by Gordon von Steiner, Johnny Dufort, Pierre Debusschere, Colin Dodgson, Michael Avedon and Jennifer Livingston , as well as by a commemorative Rizzoli book that is going to hit the stores this November.