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Marc Jacobs Leaving Louis Vuitton

It was announced several days ago that Marc Jacobs would be leaving the Louis Vuitton brand to spend more time focusing on his own label. This came as a shock to much of the fashion world, since he has been with Louis Vuitton for the past 16 years. However, many in the fashion industry, as well as myself and I’m sure you all, are really excited to see what kinds of ideas and creative designs he has up his sleeve for his own brand.

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Style in Switzerland

For the past two weeks, I’ve been studying abroad in Switzerland. It’s been an incredible experience, and I’ve really enjoyed seeing what fashion is like on this side of the world. The Swiss are all well-dressed: no shorts, flip-flops, or sweats can be seen here. Typically people stick to a dark color palette, with lots of denim and skull motifs. There’s definitely a punk influence, and girls usually wear either ballet flats, Converse, or some other type of laced shoe. Dark skinny jeans and Louis Vuitton purses are both staples of the Swiss wardrobe.

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Louis Vuitton Merchandise Stolen; Dolce & Gabbana to Appear in Court for Alleged Tax Evasion

Dolce & Gabbana.

For the second time this month, Marc Jacobs has had pieces from one of his collections stolen at an airport.  Earlier in November, samples of the spring 2012 collection of his namesake brand were stolen en route to London.  This time, five masked thieves broken into the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, took down five employees, and got away with around 10 pallets of Louis Vuitton merchandise (  French news agency AFP estimates that the stolen merchandise is worth between £257,000-300,000, which is around $343,600-401,100 USD.

In April this year,  an Italian judge decided that Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana would not have to appear in court under allegations of the company setting up a holdings company in Luxembourg to avoid high Italian taxes.  However, that decision has been reversed and the company will have to appear in court due to an appeal made by Milan prosecutor Laura Pedio.  No court date has been released.

The fate of the designers is unclear.  The judge could find that there is insufficient evidence and dismiss the case; the company could settle outside of court and pay a fine; the trial could be short with few witnesses; or the trial could become large in scale, take several years to come to a decision, and the designers could face up to $1 billion in charges. (

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Weekly Obsession: October 25th

Stand out from the crowd with the unique Louis Vuitton Zippy Wallet Illustré. This limited edition wallet was made to celebrate LV’s travel heritage. The whimsical illustrations from 1909 add extra flair and the light pink interior creates a touch of softness without being overly girly. $730.00, for more information about where to buy.

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Marc Jacobs Seeking Over $10M for Possible Dior Position

Robert Duffy and Marc Jacobs.

Rumors of Marc Jacobs taking over John Galliano’s position at Dior came about in early August, and now Jacobs and his business partner, Robert Duffy, are said to be negotiating a salary.  Though neither Jacobs nor Duffy have made official statements on the matter, reports that the two are urging for a salary over $10 million for the designer to leave his position at Louis Vuitton and join the Dior house.

The job at Dior would mean even more work for Jacobs than he has at Vuitton.  With the position at Dior comes two couture collections per season as well as the ready-to-wear collections; Jacobs will also continue his work at his eponymous label and his contemporary label Marc by Marc Jacobs.  If Jacobs is granted this large salary, he will become one of the highest-paid designers in the world.

“According to sources, Dior president and CEO Sidney Toledano is said to have recently spent several days in New York to meet with legal representatives for Jacobs and Duff,” WWD reports.  “The duo is believed to be looking for a salary somewhere in the low eight figures each, plus benefits.” also mentions that designer Phoebe Philo of Celine will take Jacobs’ place at Vuitton.

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CFDA Awards; Gucci for Florence + The Machine; Jolie for Vuitton; Jessica Simpson for Fashion Reality Show

Lady Gaga at the 2011 CFDA Awards.

News update for the week of June 7-14.

June 7, 2011

The Council of Fashion Designers of America presented the 2011 CFDA Awards to deserving talent in the fashion industry on June 6 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.  The event was sponsored by Swarovski for the tenth year in a row, and was hosted by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.  Below are some of the most notable results:

Womenswear Designer of the Year:  Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler

Menswear Designer of the Year:  Michael Bastian

Accessory Designer of the Year:  Alexander Wang

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award:  Marc Jacobs

The Fashion Icon Award:  Lady Gaga    (

June 10, 2011

Giannini sketch for Welch.

Gucci released that it will be designing pieces for Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine for their North American tour, which began on June 10 at Bonnaroo.  “When Florence first came onto the scene, I was captivated by her eccentric style and her willingness to dare,” said Frida Giannini, creative director of Gucci. “I used one of Florence’s songs, ‘Hurricane Drunk,’ to set the mood for my Autumn/Winter women’s show, as she was truly an inspiration for this collection as a modern day icon with her cinematic allure and powerful presence.” (

June 13, 2011

The Louis Vuitton campaign image of Angelina Jolie shot by Annie Leibovitz has been released.  Jolie is one of many celebrities featured in the brand’s “Core Values” campaign, which features celebrities in real settings posing with iconic and timeless Vuitton pieces.  Jolie is pictured in Cambodia, the country from which she adopted her first son Maddox, with her own six-year-old monogrammed Alto carryall bag.  The campaign will run alongside the brand’s current seasonal fashion campaign. (

Jolie's 'Core Values' campaign photo.

June 14, 2011

Jessica Simpson will be featured as a celebrity mentor on NBC’s new reality show, Fashion Star, which debuts spring 2012.  The show, hosted by Elle Macpherson, will challenge 14 aspiring designers to compete each week to ultimately land a multimillion dollar contract to create a fashion line to be sold at three different retailers. (

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Hottest Trends for Fall 2011

Marc Jacobs;

Burberry Prorsum;

A wide range of exciting styles for Fall 2011 dominated Fashion Week, almost making one wish for autumn to arrive early this year.

Tartan plaid showed up on purses, pants, coats, and skirts from Rag & Bone, Burberry Prorsum, and Sonia Rykiel. The mod style of the sixties was rocked down the runway, whether trimmed with fur à la Jean Paul Gaultier, or in bold orange and white like Bottega Veneta.

S&M inspired ensembles complete with bondage straps and tight leather corsets were present in the collections of Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen. Long, ground skimming coats completed looks from Christian Dior, Emporio Armani, and Missoni. Black and white polka dots dominated ensembles from Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenberg.

Jil Sander, Celine, and Max Mara all sent simple, chic sportswear down the runway, mostly in neutral colors with pops of color here and there. Models donning outfits with crisp lines and geometric prints glided down the catwalk for Balenciaga and Narciso Rodriguez.

With all the unique trends for Fall 2011 to choose from, there will certainly be something for every fashionista.

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